Rotating Exhibits

Trepanation or Trepanning

Trepanation or Trepanning

Location: Second floor landing

Trepanation or trepanning, the surgery of opening the skull, may be one of the oldest surgeries that mankind has performed, and performed successfully.

Visit the Health Sciences Library’s second floor landing to view our newest exhibit, a selection of trepanation instruments.

Trepanation or trepanning

View these items and other artifacts online in our digital collection


Surgical kits

Surgical kit

An exhibit of a 1858 U.S. Army surgical kit and a modern military surgical kit from the Library's artifact collection.

Artifacts donated by Dr. Carl E. Bartecchi


Located in the third floor Special Collections Room

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