The study itself is old and dusty, Hawthorne describes it as being covered with cobwebs and liberally sprinkled with "antique dust." It was filled with books and folios and various other texts. There was a bust of Hippocrates amidst all the books and a skeleton in an old closet. There was also a tall, nearly life-size portrait of a young lady that dominated one side of the room and a giant black book that was said to be magic.
One of the particular features was an old, tall and narrow mirror that stood in the corner and supposedly contained the spirits of all the people that the doctor had treated and they would peer out at him if he looked at it just right.