The most interesting part of the Senn collection is undoubtedly the library of Professor Wilhelm Baum, of Göttingen, which Dr. Senn purchased at auction in 1885. Professor Baum was one of the most learned surgeons of his time and exercised a wide influence on succeeding generations of students and physicians, both as a teacher and practical surgeon, although he wrote practically nothing after receiving his degree in 1822. From 1829 to 1842 he was the head of the city hospital in Dantzig, and from 1842 to 1875 held positions as professor of surgery, first at Greifswald, afterward at Göttingen. After his retirement in 1875 he spent his leisure in collecting material for a history of surgery, though he never came so far as to write any part of it. Dr. Baum was a book collector all his life, and he placed his library most generously at the disposal of other
JOSEPHSON AGS. THE INCUNABULA IN THE SENN COLLECTION AT THE JOHN CRERAR LIBRARY. JAMA. 1909;LII(22):1749–1751. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.25420480019002c
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