Once described as one of the most selective and extensive of collections in private hands, the Simms Medical collection is an outstanding assemblage of works concerning the practice of medicine and medical history. It comprises a few 17th century medical texts, first and early editions of 18th, 19th and 20th century texts and monographs, in addition to works on the history of medicine and medical biography.
Distinguished library of early medical works and medical history belonging to Dr Samuel Simms (d. 1967) of Belfast. Many of the titles included in the collection can be found listed in the Garrison and Morton Medical Bibliography (1983).
*UPDATE September 2018* A digital exhibition of this collection is now available online, bringing together material from the Simms collection across different fields of learning within the wider umbrella of medicine e.g. surgery, anatomy, physiology, pharmacy, dentistry, gynaecology, toxicology and psychiatry:
Special Collections blog: https://blogs.qub.ac.uk/specialcollections/simms-medical-texts/
The Simms Medical Collection is a useful resource to students of medical history and practices.
Approx. 3,600 volumes
Access the catalogued Simms Collection books on the Special Collections Book Collections web page.