Library resources

Conducting research in a library with a concentration of historical documents from the defunct
medical tradition greatly facilitates the research process. This project was conducted in two such
locations, the American Library of Congress and the Lloyd Library in Cincinnati, Ohio. The
Eclectics were very good about sending all the books they wrote to the Library of Congress. At
one time, the Library of Congress collection was quite complete. However, do to increased
interest in the Eclectics, and lax security policies, many of the Eclectic books listed in the Library
of Congress catalogue are now missing from the collection. The better source is the Lloyd Library
in Cincinnati, Ohio where much of the research presented here was collected. The Lloyd Library
is a treasure trove; it contains the Eclectic medical books, Eclectic pharmaceutical texts, and
personal notes and correspondence of the Eclectic physicians. It is a nearly complete repository of
a dead medical tradition.
Eclectic physicians and pharmacists, recognizing their movement and ideas were doomed, also
recognized the value of their knowledge and knew it warranted preservation. Thus, the Lloyd
Library came into existence. Working at the Lloyd Library, I was able to compile a chronological
list of Eclectic physicians? use of each of the 199 herbal remedies studied in this project. Having
the opportunity to go through the Eclectic medical books, chronologically, and discover the
applications and comments applied to each drug were incredibly useful. Such a reading allowed
a sense of flow to develop and themes were revealed that helped better identify useful drugs for
this project.

An example of this type of chronology for one of the drugs, Alnus rubra, follows.