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The Collection

Modern medicine didn’t fall into our laps—it was discovered, sometimes painstakingly and sometimes in brilliant sparks of insight. The history of medicine in our state is vast, surprising, and completely unique. At HMS, we are proud stewards of that story.

Housed in the Watkinson Library at Trinity College, the HMS Library is a historical collection of volumes and artifacts dating back to the 1500s. Founded in the nineteenth century as a training tool for Connecticut’s medical professionals, the HMS collection has grown into something much larger. It’s a historical record that charts where we’ve been—and may very well hold the answers to current and future challenges in medicine.