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British Studies: the 18th Century, a Guide to Topics in the MSU Libraries' Collections: VETERINARY MEDICINE

This is a guide to 18th-century British studies materials, particularly in our Special Collections and Rare Books unit.


The British 18th-Century Studies Collection has many works on veterinary medicine. The Catalogue of Rare Veterinary Books and Allied Subjects in Animal Husbandry describes some of the more unique items in our Veterinary Medicine Collection. Topics in the 18th -century English holdings include many works on the diseases of horses, dogs, cattle, and sheep, distemper, rabies, and books on veterinary drugs, hygiene, obstetrics, and pharmacology. There are general works and dictionaries of veterinary medicine. There are also books on animal behavior, animal heat, anatomy, and animal mechanics.

Notable works in the Veterinary Medicine Collection in Murray and Hong Special Collections include the following: Robert James' Treatise on Canine Madness (1760); William Burdon's Gentleman's Pocket-Farrier (1730); Andrew Snape's Anatomy of a Horse (1683); and Markham and Jeffries' Citizen and Countryman's Experienced Farrier (1764).