The Herman J. Flax Collection of Physiatry


On April 13, 1995, Dr. Herman J. Flax marked his retirement from over fifty years of practice in physical medicine and rehabilitation by donating his exceptional collection of physiatry books to Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Flax assembled the collection over thirty-five years. The volumes range from very old and rare materials such as Thomas Linacre's translation of Galen's important treatise on hygiene published in Paris in 1538 to numerous current research materials in the field. Altogether the nearly 500 volumes in six languages make up an expansive collection in a field of medicine that includes aspects of rehabilitation and physical medicine, occupational therapy, orthopedics and alternative medicine. This exhibit higlights several books from the collection and provides some background on Flax and his career. 


Tompkins-McCaw Library, Special Collections and Archives


Highlights from the Flax Collection

Take a look at a sampling of books from the Flax Collection.

About Herman J. Flax

Learn more about Dr. Flax's medical career and his writing.