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Envelope with cursive handwritingThe Henkel Physicians: A Family's Life in Letters

The Henkel family settled in New Market, Virginia in 1790, where generations of fathers and sons practiced medicine. These Shenandoah Valley physicians ministered to their community, tended to their countrymen on the battlefield, and testified in the nation’s courts of law. And they wrote letters. The Henkel Physicians: A Family’s Life in Letters highlights correspondence between Henkel family members, explores the daily life of men in medicine, and reveals the challenges of the profession as well as the rewards and responsibilities. Part of the holdings of the National Library of Medicine, the Henkel Family Correspondence covers more than a century of life in the Shenandoah Valley.

Beginning in September 2011, the exhibition has traveled free of charge to interested libraries and cultural centers. Please go to Book a Traveling Exhibition for more information.

Please visit Physicians’ Lives in the Shenandoah Valley: Henkel Family Letters, 1786–1907 for more information about the collection of Henkel family letters at the National Library of Medicine.

Last Reviewed: December 4, 2015