Medical collecting on the frontiers of natural history : the rise and fall of Haslar Hospital Museum (1827–1855). / Simpson, Daniel.

In: Journal of the History of Collections , Vol. 30, No. 2, 19.07.2018, p. 253–267.

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Medical collecting on the frontiers of natural history : the rise and fall of Haslar Hospital Museum (1827–1855). / Simpson, Daniel.

In: Journal of the History of Collections , Vol. 30, No. 2, 19.07.2018, p. 253–267.

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