Historical Medical Library

The KHI Historical Medical Library will contain several volumes of medical-related historical books from the 19th and 20th centuries. These books are public domain. We will be adding books on a regular basis so check back frequently! Please remember to keep a historical perspective when  reading these.


The proceeding information should not be construed as medical advice. Please contact a physician or a licensed mental health practitioner if you have medical questions related to treatments of mental disorders.


Although these books are educational, some readers may find content in the proceeding books disturbing or triggering. Please use discretion when reading.


Memorial Soliciting an Appropriation for the State Hospital for the Insane at Lexington

A Discourse on Bloodletting Considered as a Therapeutic Agent

A Manual of Pharmacology

A Thesaurus of Medical Words and Phrases

Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

Atlas of Clinical Medicine, Surgery, and Pathology

Death and Sudden Death

Diseases of the Nervous System – A Textbook of Neurology and Psychiatry

Hand-Atlas of Human Anatomy

Illustrated Catalogue of Surgical Instruments

Observations in Midwifery

On the Writing of the Insane

Handbook of Mental Examination Methods

Post-Mortem Pathology

Sketches of Military Surgery

Surgical Anatomy and Operative Surgery

The Homeopathic Treatment of Surgical Diseases

The Principles of Clinical Pathology


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