Browse centuries-old medical books with Turning The Pages and an iPad

Image from Liber de Arte Distilland

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released an updated version of Turning The Pages (TTP), an app that allows users to virtually turn the pages of rare, centuries-old medical books.  All you need is an iPad, an Internet connection, and the free TTP app, which features highly photo-realistic pages with historian and curator annotations.

You can also share comments about the books on Facebook.

Three books are available, with more to come:

• Hanaoka Seishu’s Surgical Casebook, with hand-painted illustrations of medical and surgical procedures by a pioneering Japanese surgeon.

• Hieronymus Brunschwig’s Liber de Arte Distilland, published in 1512, a manual on the manufacture of drug therapies and their uses.

• al-Qazwini’s thirteenth-century Wonders of Creation, one of the most important natural history texts of the medieval Islamic world.

To download the app, click on this Turning The Pages link or browse for it in the iPad section of iTunes. To browse all nine rare books the National Library of Medicine has made available, visit Turning The Pages Online.

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