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This collection of Japanese Medical Prints or Ukiyo-e is housed in the Clendening History of Medicine Library, at the Kansas University Medical Center. This group of prints is a small facet of the total donation that was donated sometime before May 1940, by Dr. Matthew Pickard¹.

Dr. Matthew Pickard was born in Odessa, Russia in 1874. After serving in the Russian Navy, achieving the rank of officer, he immigrated to United States. Pickard started at Kansas City Medical College in 1898 and practiced in Kansas City as a surgeon until his death in 1952. During the era of the Czarists, most educated Russians were fluent in several languages. After immigrating to the United States, Pickard added Chinese and Japanese to his verbal arsenal. He spent time travailing throughout Europe and the Orient. On the Island of Hokkaido he studied the Ainu, considered the aborigines of Japan.

Pickard was a student of the history of medicine and devoted bibliophile. A collector of Chinese and Japanese prints, books and sculpture, his total collection now resides in the Clendening Library where it aids in research of the history of medicine.

1) Dr. Logan Clendening in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Vol. VIII, No. 5 May 1940.