Note: Most books below can be purchased from your favorite online bookstore. If you cannot find a particular title, please contact us as we likely have copies for sale.

If you are just getting started with collecting medical antiques, Natan Schleider Gallery, L.L.C. suggests buying those books in bold below.

My first book and the one I often reference and recommend to the novice collector is Antique Medical Instruments by C. Keith Wilbur, M.D.. The price guide at the back of this book is a bit dated but can give you a rough idea of what items cost.

All books by Elisabeth Bennion are important for all collectors.

Once you get more serious about collecting, I suggest buying original or reproduced antique catalogs of medical instruments either in their original book form (which can be pricey) or available on thumb drive or CD copies. Original catalogs can be quite expensive and a good investment. The best known amongst USA collectors is George Tiemann & Co. American ARMAMENTARIUM CHIRURGICAM.


Cowen, D. and Helfand, W. Pharmacy, An Illustrated History. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1990.

Richardson, L. and C. The Pill Rollers. Virginia: Old Fort Press, 1992.

Young, Anne Mortimer. Antique Medicine Chests. Vernier Press, 1994.


Bennion, E. Antique Dental Instruments. London: Sotheby’s Philip Wilson Publishers, Ltd., 1986.

Glenner, R. The Dental Office. Montana: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company, 1985.

Ring, M. Dentistry, An Illustrated History. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1985.

Medical & Surgical

Aubry, A. Catalogue Illustre des Instruments de Chirurgie. Paris, 1900.

Bellar, S. Medical Practices in the Civil War. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 1992.

Bennion, E. Antique Medical Instruments. London: Philip Wilson Publishers, Ltd., 1980.

Bettmann, O. A Pictorial History of Medicine. Illinois: Charles C. Thomas, 1956.

Carmichael, A. and Ratzan, R. Medicine, A Treasury of Art and Literature. New York: Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc., 1991.

Dammann, G. Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment. Montana: Volumes I-III Pictorial Histories Publishing Company, 1998.

Davis, A. and Dreyfuss, M. The Finest Instruments Ever Made. Massachusetts: Medical History Publishing Associates I, 1986.

Davis, D. The Principles and Practice of Obstetric Medicine, 2 vol. London: Taylor and Watson, 1836.

Edmonson, J. and Hambrecht, FT. American Armementarium Chirurgicum. San Francisco and Boston: Norman Publishing and The Printers Devil, 1989.

Edmonson, J. American Surgical Instruments. San Francisco: Norman Publishing, 1997.

Haeger, K. The Illustrated History of Surgery. New York: Bell Publishing Company, 1988.

Lanza, B. Le Cere Anatomiche della Specola. Firenze: Arnaud Edifore, 1997.

Lyons, A. and Petrucelli, R. J. Medicine, An Illustrated History. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1987.

Norman, H. One Hundred Books Famous in Medicine. New York: The Grolier Club, 1995.

Nuland, S. Medicine, The Art of Healing. New York: Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc., 1992.

O’Malley, C. and Saunders, JB. Leonardo da Vinci on the Human Body. New York: Henry Schuman, 1952.

Rutkow, I. American Surgery, An IlIustrated History. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven, 1998.

Rurkow, I. Surgery: An Illustrated History. St. Louis: CV Mosby, 1993.

Tonkelaar, I., Henkes, H. and van Leersum, G. Eye and Instruments. Amsterdam: Batavian Lion, 1996.

Wilbur, CK Antique Medical Instruments. Philadelphia: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1987.

Wocher, M. and Son Surgical Instruments. Cincinnati, 1904.


Armstrong, D. and E. The Great American Medicine Show. New York: Prentice Hall, 1991.