About Reynolds-Finley

Welcome to the Reynolds-Finley Historical Library, a growing collection of over 14,000 rare books, manuscripts, journals, and pamphlets pertaining to the history of medicine, science, and health care, dating from the 1300s through the mid-1900s. The library is free and open to the public.

Remote Access

We are currently closed as part of UAB’s response to COVID-19, but we are available remotely. Please visit our Reynolds-Finley Library Remote Access Guide for more information.

Featured Collections

Hans von Gersdorff’s Renaissance Surgery Manual

Hans von Gersdorff’s Renaissance Surgery Manual

Feldtbuch der Wundartzney, published in Strassburg in 1517, is a once-popular surgical field manual containing practical instructions in the care and treatment of the wounded.