Medical Exlibris - bookplates with medical motifs

Bookplate with a popular
medical motif: a skeleton
cut in lino by the Polish
artist Zb. Dolatowski.



Exlibris Medicinae was published in 1985 by the farmaceutical compagny Ferrosan as the third work in a series of books with art inspired by pharmaceutical science. The series began in 1982 with a work on the motifs of envelopes for prescriptions: Receptkuverternes motiver, written by Hans-Otto Loldrup. The next work from 1984 was a book about old, Danish pharmacies: Noget om gamle apoteker written by Hans-Otto Loldrup and illustrated by the famous Danish artist Mads Stage, who also designed the front page of Exlibris Medicinae.

Exlibris Medicinae - a comprehensive display of more than 380 bookplates belonging to Danish physicians, veterinary suregeons, dentists and pharmacists combined with some of the best international medical bookplates.


The Danish pharmacists asked for
a review of all known Danish book-
plates owned by apothecaries and
pharmacists. The number of these
bookplates turned out to be 148
which were presented with an illu-
stration plus information concerning
the owner, artist, technique, motif
and literature. The review outline
the history of the various pharmaceutical
symbols used as bookplate-motifs.
Arch.Pharm.Chemi 1986;93:959-1062.



Danske Tandlægeexlibris, based on a series of articles published in Tandlæge- bladet in 1988, present 125 Danish dental bookplates belonging to 115 Danish dentists with comments on owner, artist, technique and motif.

Iconographia odontologica offers an outline of the historic and mythical basis of the various symbols used in Danish dental bookplates.




The book on exlibris belonging
to Danish veterinay surgeons,
Danske dyrlægeexlibris, was
published in 1992.

Iconographia veterinaria offers an
outline of the historic and mythical
basis of the various symbols used
as motif in Danish and international
veterinary bookplates.

The book is plentifully illustrated
with most of the known Danish
veterinary bookplates and a series
of fine international exlibris.


Aeskulapstaven som lægesymbol - en historie illustreret med exlibris is offprinted from the Danish Yearbook of Medical History Dansk Medicinhistorisk Årbog 2ooo: 33-65.
The offprint was sponsorered by ascott software Inc, the compagny that developed Aeskulap - computer software for general practitioners.

The rod and serpent of Asklepios was officially adopted as a medical symbol at the 10th general meeting of the World Medical Association 1956 in Havana. The ancient myths of Asklepios, the Greek god of healing, the sacred Asclepian snake and the staff provide historical insight into the role of modern physicians and their obligations to care for the underserved. The text in Danish with an English summary is illustrated with 36 medical bookplates.



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