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Heberden Library

The society owns a collection of medico-historical books on rheumatology and related conditions.

There are over 1,500 items including books, pamphlets, journals and photographs. WSC Copeman, first honorary librarian of the Heberden Society, and EGL Bywaters, second honorary librarian were both instrumental in collecting the items that make up the library we have today. Since 1966, recent books, reports, proceedings, and documents have been added to the collection with the aim of providing a history of rheumatology for future generations.

To help ensure we have a wide range and up to date historical record of rheumatology, we invite you to donate any relevant books to the Heberden Library. Please contact us with the title and author of the book that you'd like to donate.

For access to library materials search the online catalogue and make a request for access to bsr@rheumatology.org.uk

Physical copies are stores at the RCP, Welcome Library or in the British Society for Rheumatology offices.

How to use the Veedee

J. E. Garrat, published London 1906


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Surgical and pathological observations

Samuel Highley, published London 1855


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Uric acid as a factor in the causation of disease

Alexander Haig, 1897


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On anchylosis and the treatment for the removal of deformity and the restoration of mobility in various joints

Bernard E. Brodhurst, 1881


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Commentaries on the history and cure of diseases

William Heberden Commentaries, 1802


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A treatise of the diseases of the bones

Jean Louis Petit, published London, 1726


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A new art of brewing beer, ale, and other sorts of liquors

Thomas Tryon, published London, 1691


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A discourse of Bathe, and the hot waters there

Thomas Guidott, published London, 1676 The physician Thomas Guidott (1638?–1706) had a successful medical practice in Bath. He wrote about the benefits of bathing and analysed the properties of spring waters. Guidott was also a keen poet, but after some local physicians...


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Eyn Verantworttung Podagrae vor dem Richter

Published Mainz, 1537 One of the oldest books in the Heberden Library, this slim volume is an anonymous collection of German verse concerning gout. The title translates as Gout answers before the judge. Gout was known historically by the Latin name podagra. These two...


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