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Published October 9, 2015 | Version v1.0.0
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Photograph of the Dr. Casey Wood display


This display includes Sinhalese olas donated to the Galter Health Sciences Library (formerly the Archibald Church Medical Library) by Dr. Wood and currently housed in the Library's Special Collections. It also includes includes articles, books and journals written by Dr. Woods. [Photo by James Brucker is from a 2005 Galter Library display prepared by Special Collections Librarian, Ron Sims, showcasing the olas and various other items donated by Dr. Wood.] PHOTO Credit line should read: "Courtesy of the Galter Health Sciences Library Special Collections, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill."


The collection of olas deals with many medical topics including the treatment of eye and skin diseases, and are written in Sanskrit, Pali, and Sinhalese. The texts, incised on palm leaves, were written by both practitioners and students of medicine between 1400 and 1770 CE. Though their original bindings did not survive, they are secured by modern painted wood covers modeled on the old design and crafted by Sinhalese artisans.


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