Medical Collection Artifacts

Historic medical instruments
Historic medical instruments
In 2002, Hillary House and the Aurora Historical Society were the recipients of the Charles Godfrey Library, an outstanding collection of books, journals, and manuscript material relating to the history of medicine and the social and cultural history of early Ontario. This collection is housed temporarily at the Aurora Public Library. Dr. Godfrey is an examiner for the London Society of Apothecaries’ distance-learning program in medical history which uses Hillary House, the Koffler Museum of Medicine, as its North American address. Initial funding for this program came from the Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine.

Cataloguing the site’s extensive collection has begun, and additional research is underway. Along with John McIntyre and Michael Wills’s 1975 booklet, Hillary House, Alan Hally’s monograph, Dean Geikie, about Dean Walter Geikie, a founder of Trinity College Medical School and the builder of Hillary House, provides an introduction to the house and those who have lived there. Both were published by the Aurora Historical Society.

Medical microscope
Medical microscope
Medical instruments
Medical instruments
 
 
In the doctor's dispensary
In the doctor’s dispensary
Mortar and pestle for preparing medications
Mortar and pestle for preparing medications