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History of Medicine



  The Ascelpion -
Devoted to the study of ancient medicine. Designed to be an internet source that presents the study of ancient medicine in a manner that is both accessible and useful to the general public and to students enrolled in the history course Ancient Medicine (History C380/580), taught by Professor Nancy Demand at Indiana University Bloomington.

  National Library of Medicine: History of Medicine Division -
Extensive collection of material. Open to the public.

  Medicine and Madison Avenue -
This website explores the complex relationships between modern medicine and modern advertising, or "Madison Avenue," as the latter is colloquially termed. The Medicine and Madison Avenue Project presents images and database information for approximately 600 health-related advertisements printed in newspapers and magazines.

  MedHist - the gateway to Internet resources for the History of Medicine 
MedHist is a gateway to evaluated, quality Internet resources relating to the history of medicine and allied sciences, covering all aspects of the history of health and development of medical knowledge. MedHist is aimed principally at students and staff working within the further and higher education sectors, and also at anyone with a general interest in the subject area. MedHist is affiliated to the BIOME life sciences hub and the Resource Discovery Network (RDN), but is developed and managed by the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine at the Wellcome Trust. As of 18th October 2002 the gateway describes 522 records

  Here Today, Here Tomorrow: Varieties of Medical Ephemera Home Page -
An online exhibit of medical advertising, labels and other printed materials.

  The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices -
Dubbed "The Quackery Hall of Fame," the museum is the world's largest display of what the human mind has devised to cure itself without the benefit of either scientific method or common sense. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Plague and Public Health in Renaissance Europe -
Hypertext archive of narratives, medical consilia, governmental records, religious and spiritual writings and images documenting the arrival, impact and response to the problem of epidemic disease in Western Europe between 1348 and 1530

  Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester -
The Centre for History of Science, Technology and Medicine at Manchester University is one of the largest of its kind in the UK. It offers MA, MSc, PhD and intercalated BSc programmes, a wide variety of course options in the history of science, technology and medicine as well as excellent resources for research in these fields.

  Images from the History of Medicine -
Provides access to the nearly 60,000 images in the prints and photograph collection of the History of Medicine Division (HMD) of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). The collection includes portraits, pictures of institutions, caricatures, genre scenes, and graphic art in a variety of media, illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine.

  The James Lind Library -
At the core of the James Lind Library are pages illustrating the evolution of fair tests of medical treatments. These pages contain examples from nearly a hundred books and journal articles, illustrated by images of the key passages of text. New records are being added continuously, as well as biographical material, portraits, translations, commentaries, and other relevant material. ne. Abstracts available free.

  John Snow - a historical giant in epidemiology -
Life and times of a nineteenth century British physician, prominent in both epidemiology and anesthesiology.

  Wellcome Library for the History of Medicine -
The website of the Wellcome Library - one of the great libraries for the history of medicine. The Library, based in London, is open to visitors. This website provides access to catalogues and other resources

  Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine -
The University of Oxford has been one of the major centres for the History of Medicine in Britain over the last thirty years. The subject has attracted scholars and students from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds. Within the University, a key role has been played by the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, founded in 1972 and principally funded by the Wellcome Trust.

  Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum -
Information on medical artifacts, reference materials, rare books, archives, photographic collections.

  History of Biomedicine -
categorised links, maintained by the Karolinska Institute ne. Abstracts available free.

  Public Record Office | Hospital Records Database -
This database provides information on the existence and location of the records of hospitals in the UK. Currently over 2,800 entries can be found by searching the database using the following simple enquiry screen. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Directory of History of Medicine Collections (NLM) -
The collections described in this Directory provide research, reference, and interlibrary loan services to scholars interested in the history of the health sciences, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing, and pharmacy.

  Edward Jenner Collection at -
Brief overview of the life and work of Edward Jenner at Links to full text of An Inquiry Into the Causes and Effects of the Variolæ Vaccinæ, Or Cow-Pox. 1798; Further Observations on the Variolæ Vaccinæ, or Cowpox. 1799; and A Continuation of Facts and Observations Relative to the Variolæ Vaccinæ, or Cowpox. 1800

  Social History of Medicine -
Long running journal of the Society for the Social History of Medicine. Abstracts available free. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Bulletin of the History of Medicine -
Official publication of the American Association for the History of Medicine. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Lothian Health Services Archive -
The Lothian Health Services Archive is a repository for institutional administrative and clinical records, private papers, photographs and objects relating to the past and present of Lothian health. This website aims to act as a gateway into the Archive, giving information on collections, history, and special ongoing projects and services, as well as details about how to contact and visit us. ne. Abstracts available free.

  American Association of the History of Medicine -
An academic society devoted to the history of medicine and health in all of its aspects. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences - ne. Abstracts available free.

  Elizabeth Blackwell - That girl there is doctor of medicine -
This is an online version of an exhibit held at the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., Jan. 23-Sept. 4, 1999 ne. Abstracts available free.

  Centre for the History of Medicine -
Established at the University of Birmingham in 2000 to bring together and promote teaching and inter-disciplinary research in the history of medicine and help develop the Medical School's rapidly growing reputation in the field. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Medical Antiques -
A collection of early medical items featuring cased surgical, medical, and dental instruments from the 1800's to the early 1900's. Included in the collection are various microscopes and medical items of interest. ne. Abstracts available free.

  College of Physicians of Philadelphia History of Medicine Library, Programs, and Fellowships -
Access to one of Americas premier research collections in the history of medicine. Information about programs and fellowships organized by the Wood Institute for the History of Medicine. ne. Abstracts available free.

  The Birth of the Clinic -
Lois Shawver's notes on Foucault's Birth of the Clinic ne. Abstracts available free.

  History of the Health Sciences Web Resources -
List of links maintained by Patricia Gallagher and Stephen Greenburg for the History of the Health Sciences Section of MLA ne. Abstracts available free.

  The Rise of Scientific Medicine -
Course notes and presentations from University of Stanford course which explores the historical development of cultural beliefs and institutions in Western Europe and the United States during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries which led to the establishment of the modern system of medicine. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Global Project on the History of Leprosy -
The International Leprosy Association is developing a database of leprosy archives around the world. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Thackray Museum, Leeds -
Award winning museum, based in Leeds England. With the aid of a £3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the museum has been established in a former ating from the late 19th century to the present day. The collection also includes a unique collection of English pharmacy ceramics. The library has over 8,000 books, including the largest collection of medical trade literature in the world. ne. Abstracts available free.

  London's Museums of Health & Medicine -
London's Museums of Health and Medicine provides information on various medical, clinical and pharmaceutical topics. ne. Abstracts available free.

  The Birth of the Clinic -
Hypertext lecture notes on Foucault's account of the development of modern medicine ne. Abstracts available free.

  R.A. Fisher - collected papers -
Ronald Almyer Fisher was the most important figure in 20th century medical statistics. This is a growing collection of his papers and publications. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Ancient Medicine/Medicina Antiqua -
Chronicles the practice of Medicine in the Greek and Roman eras, with translations of works by Hippocrates and Galen as well as essays, bibliographies, mailing lists, and othe resources. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Medical Heritage Center at The Ohio State University -
Information on the center's artifact, rare book, and archival collections, which concentrate on the medical history of Central Ohio region. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Selected letters of Florence Nightingale - ne. Abstracts available free.

  Dying to Have a Baby - The History of Childbirth -
Chronicles the dangers that women and their newborns have faced during labor and delivery. ne. Abstracts available free.

  US 19th-Century Doctors' Thoughts about Native American Medicine. -
Excerpts from comments made by white doctors on the nature of medical practice among Native Americans. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Oxford Brookes University: Medical Video Archive -
The Medical Sciences Video Archive of the Royal College of Physicians and Oxford Brookes University is a notable collection of videotaped biographical interviews with over 130 important figures in clinical medicine and science from the United Kingdom and Australia. ne. Abstracts available free.

  The Medicine Museum -
An online exhibit of information and photographs of antique allopathic medicines manufactured during 1915-1955. ne. Abstracts available free.

  History of Biomedicine: Indigenous Cultures -
Numerous links to web pages on the contributions of indigenous cultures to the practice of medicine, from pre-history to present. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Internet Resources on The Tuskegee Study -
Internet Resources on the Tuskeegee Study ne. Abstracts available free.

  History of Anaesthesia -
GASMAN - A Personal History of Anaesthesia; A memoir and commentary by English anaesthetist John Powell. It also includes other articles on the History of Anaesthesia. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Sigerist Circle Home Page -
Organization of medical historians, focusing on issues of class, race, and gender. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Classical Islamic Biomedicine -
Index website maintained by the Karolinska Institute. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Historical Medical Digital Library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia -
Title pages, contents pages, indexes, illustrations, and extracts from the text of many books availabale online. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Hartford Medical Society -
The Society provides an excellent medical library of historical significance and sponsors the Menczer Museum of Medicine and Dentistry in conjunction with the Hartford Dental Society. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Medical Heritage of Great Britain -
Concerns the 'industrial archaeology' of medicine. Produced by the Bath & Wessex Medical History Group. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Anesthesia History -
Index to history of anaestheia resources on the Web ne. Abstracts available free.

  The Long View from the Watonwan River: The Millenarian Odyssey of Pioneer Druggist Henry Wellcome -
Biography of the co-founder of Burroughs Wellcome, who spent his boyhood on the Minnesota frontier. With footnotes and many links. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Every Man His Own Doctor -
An online exhibit on Popular Medicine in Early America, from Colonial times to the mid 19th Century. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Mary Seacole -
History of Nursing ne. Abstracts available free.

  Oliva Sabuco, a 16th Century Woman-Philosopher -
A pioneer of psychosomatic medicine. ne. Abstracts available free.

  The Reflex Hammer Home Page -
Everything you ever wanted to know about reflex hammers, and then some. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Ambrose Pare - Journeys in Diverse Places -
Writings of the 16th Century French battlefield surgeon Ambroise Paré. Recounts experiences from various battles over a thirty year period including medical procedures in the field. Citation: Paré, Ambroise. Journeys in Diverse Places, translated by Stephen Paget. Vol. XXXVIII, Part 2. The Harvard Classics. New York: P.F. Collier & Son, 190914;, 2001. ne. Abstracts available free.

  History of the Royal College of General Practitioners -
Shows establishment of general practice as a speciality and academic discipline in Britain. Includes background history of general practice, foundation of the College, history of the College and its building and detailed chronology by subject. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Joseph Lister -
English surgeon credied with the introduction of antisepsis. Brief biography and extract from his writings. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Spanish American War Medicine -
Medical practice in the Spanish American War, primarily by US Army medical staff and DAR Volunteer nurses upon US soldiers. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Antique medical instruments -
A medical antiques resource site for the historian, collector, & seller of medical, surgical, dental, and Civil War antique medical artifacts. ne. Abstracts available free.

  UHR Books - Old & Rare Medical & Nursing Books -
Antiquarian booksellers specializing in the history of medicine, surgery, nursing, public health, epidemiology, sanitation, infectious diseases, microbiology, parasitology and virology. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Sir Henry Wellcome and the Sudan -
Archival material and images related to the projects of Sir Henry Wellcome in the Sudan , including an excavation camp and establishment of the Wellcome Tropical research Laboratories in Khartoum. ne. Abstracts available free.

  David Grove -
Dr. Grove is the author of "A Human History of Helminthology", "Strongyloidiasis: a major roundworm infection of man" and "Alternative Medicine: fact or fiction?". ne. Abstracts available free.

  Dr. Samuel Overton, 19th Century Rural Physician -
Comprehensive study of the life and work of a rural East Texas physician in the last half of the nineteenth century. Based on over 12,500 entries transcribed from his journals. ne. Abstracts available free.

  International Society for the History of Medicine -
The International Society for the History of Medicine (ISHM) was founded in Paris in 1921. The purpose of the Society is to assist and support the historical study of all questions relating to the medical and biomedical sciences and, more generally, to all branches of the healing arts. ne. Abstracts available free.

  Mikroskop Museum -
The history of microscopes from the beginning. (GERMAN LANGUAGE) ne. Abstracts available free.

  The History of Dentistry -
The story how dentistry developed through the ages to become the sophisticated medical science of today.

  ECG timeline - History of the electrocardiogram -
12-lead ECG library, A brief history of electrocardiography from 1600 onwards. Find out how electrocuting chickens (1775), getting laboratory assistants to put their hands in buckets of saline (1887), taking the ECG of a horse and following it to the slaughterhouse (1909), induction of indiscriminate angina attacks (1931), and hypothermic dogs (1953) have helped to improve our understanding of the ECG as a clinical tool. And why is the ECG labelled PQRST (1895)?

  A Visit to the Museum of Contraception -
Salon Magazine reviews a Toronto museum dedicated to the history of the prevention of pregnancy.

The International Network for the History of Occupational and Environmental Prevention, who deal with occupational health and the history of medicine.

  Medical Milestones -
Indiainfoline presents med milestones giving the major breakthroughs in medical science that took place during the 20th Century.

  The Orlop Deck -
Naval Medicine in the 18th and 19th century. Links to re-enactment sources and medical information for the period.

  MMS - materia medica sinica -
Online journal for the history of Chinese medicine.

  International Network for the History of Hospitals -
The Network exists to promote studies related to the historical evolution of hospitals from their beginnings to the present day by providing an international forum for communication and discussion among scholars interested in the subject. Particular encouragement is given to newcomers to the field.

  A Bibliography of Greek and Roman Medicine -
Bibliography compiled by Robert Arnott of University of Birmingham. Useful, but few links to full text. Last updated February 2002

  A Short History of Medical Careers -
From prehistoric shamanism to the 20th Century specialist.

  Special collections and archives in the USA -
Selected Special Collections and Archives in the History of Medicine

  Syphilis and AIDS: Lessons from history -
Transcripts of a two-part radio program from 1996 that placed the responses to AIDS, from both socio-cultural and medical standpoints, in historical perspective. Includes various links.

  Mad in America -
A history of medical treatments for mental illness, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric disorders, and why those treatments led to the antipsychiatry movement.

  Institute for History of Medicine, Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart -
The Institutes archives house the private papers of Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), of his second wife Mrs. Mélanie dHervilly (1800-1878), and of important students and successors.

  Bibliography of Secondary Works in the History of Medicine & Related Health Fields -
This is a non-critical electronic bibliography to acquaint the user with monographs and classic works in the field of American history of medicine and related topics. The remarks following the listing of some titles are quotes from the book not critical comment. Users of this bibliography are referred to such review media as, Bulletin for the History of Medicine and Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences for critical analysis of the books contained in this list.

  PolioHistory - Yahoo Group -
A place to share stories and resources about the history of polio; from the epidemics, to the vaccines, to post polio syndrome, to eradication.

  Flash-Med:Medicine history and trivia -
Medical education resource with facts and trivia about the history of medicine in a question and answer format.

  Anesthesia History Association -
Website of the Anesthesia History Association

  The origins of Chinese medicine - the early development of medical literature in China -
A short account of the origins of Chinese medical texts. Written by Imre Galambos (1996)

  Health Service Development and History -
Current developments in the British NHS, follow up to Geoffrey Rivett's Book, From Cradle to Grave

  London's Hospital System, -'s_hospitals.htm
How London's hospitals were formed and came to provide services to London. eBook of Geoffrey Rivett's history published by Kings Fund in 1986

  A History of Cardiology -
University of Iowa online exhibition from 1990. Traces the interwoven history of medical knowledge and technological advance from Galen's early description of the circulatory system to modern breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment

  Samuel Thomson - the botanic family physician -
Facsimilie of 1835 edition of Botanic Family Physician (large PDF)

  A political history of the NHS - sample of full text (PDF) -
This is a 64 page sample from the new edition of National Health Service - A Political History, Charles Webster, Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford

  The Scottish Society of the History of Medicine -
Website of the Scottish Society of the HIstory of Medicine

  Hilary Koprowski, M.D. -
This site is dedicated to the career and work of Dr Hilary Koprowski in the field of microbiology, including his pioneering work on live polio vaccines.

  Arabesco -
Arab and Muslim heritage and their contributions to science and knowledge. In the fields of medicine, pharmacy, zoology, botany, mathematics, applied science, chemistry, geography, engineering, architecture, art, literature, education, libraries, and the influence of Muslim scientist and scholars on the world specially on the west.

  Dietetic fragments of Rufus of Ephesos in Syriac language -
This site contains an edition of dietetic fragments of Rufus of Ephesos in Syriac language, together with German translation and commentary. PDF (1,3 MB)

  150 Years of Anesthesia 1846-1996 -
"We Have Conquered Pain: A Celebration of Ether," presented by Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University.

  Aztec Medicine -
An essay on how the rigid Aztec culture affected physical and mental health.

  Pictures of Health -
Health and public health issues in the 19th century, with sections on "Health of the Body Politic", "Fever", "War's Cruel Scythe", "Quacks and Quackery", and "Populate or Perish".

  The Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions -
Introduces the holdings of the archives and opportunities for research. Includes guides to over 100 personal paper collections, photograph inventory, and online exhibits.

  H-GIG Medicine and Public Health links. -
Useful links from the University of California, Riverside.

  Who named it? -
A biographical dictionary of medical eponyms, i.e. medical conditions and techniques and the people for whom they are named.

  Medieval medicione - bibliography -
Useful but not exhaustive


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