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  • MEDLINE (PubMed)
    PubMed indexes articles in a broad range of preclinical and clinical disciplines. It is the version of MEDLINE that the National Library of Medicine makes available for free, and contains a collection of newer articles that are not yet indexed and included in other versions of MEDLINE.
  • Historical Abstracts
    Index and abstracts to articles covering world history from 1450 to present (excluding U.S. and Canada).
    An online archive of multidiscipline journal articles in the most significant professional journals.
  • America: History and Life
    Index and abstracts of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present.
  • Academic Search Complete
    Index, abstracts, and full text for many scholarly publications covering all academic areas of study.

Digital image collections

  • Anatomia 1522 – 1867. This collection is comprised of more than 4,500 full-page plates and other important illustrations of human anatomy from the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. Particularly useful is the “Highlights” section, which provides an introduction to works notable for its scientific or artistic merit. Access:

  • Brought to Life. This beautifully designed site provides access to images of thousands of artifacts and objects from the London-based Science Museum’s medical collections. Brought to Life also has content for students and educators, such as interactive features, a historical timeline, curriculum information, and essays on key themes such as “birth and death” and “diseases and epidemics.” Access:

  • Historical Images in Medicine. Duke University’s digital image collection includes 3,000 photographs, illustrations, engravings, and bookplates related to the history of health and life sciences. Access:

  • Images from the History of Medicine. With more than 70,000 items, this site by the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine is one of the largest digital image collections of its kind. Spanning the 15th to the 21st century, the collection includes photographs, portraits, medical illustrations, and posters depicting the social and historical aspects of medicine. Access: .

  • The Osler Library Prints Collection. McGill University Library’s collection of 2,500 images provides a look at the history of medicine through the lens of popular imagery. The collection, which includes material from the 17th to the 20th century, is largely comprised of prints of portraits, but also contains photographs, cartoons, drawings, and posters. Access:

  • Wellcome Images. The Wellcome Library holds one of the greatest history of medicine collections in the world. Its digital collection contains 170,000 images, from an Egyptian prescription on papyrus to contemporary micrographs. There are 100,000 images that are freely available to users under Creative Commons licensing. Access:

Digital exhibits

  • Seeing is Believing. New York Public Library’s digital exhibit showcases 700 years of scientific and medical illustration. With hundreds of images from the 13th to the early 20th century, the site provides a special focus on illustration processes and the importance of illustration in the dissemination and advancement of medical knowledge. Access:

Audiovisual collections

  • Mutter Museum YouTube Channel. The Philadelphia-based medical museum has an active YouTube page with many enlightening and entertaining videos about artifacts, objects, and curiosities from its collections. Access:

  • Wellcome Library’s Moving Image and Sound Collection. Wellcome Library’s collection is comprised of more than 200 educational and public information films and animated shorts about 20th-century healthcare and medicine. Access:

Lectures, podcasts, and online classes

  • C. F. Reynolds Medical History Society Lectures Recordings. The University of Pittsburgh’s Health Sciences Library System site has more than two-dozen videos featuring past speakers from the C. F. Reynolds Medical History Society’s annual lecture series. The lectures cover a broad range of subjects, including the history of cystic fibrosis, eugenics, and medieval medicine. Access:

  • Epidemics in Western Society since 1600. One of the few history of medicine courses freely available in its entirety online, this 2010 Open Yale course provides an “international analysis of the impact of epidemic diseases on Western society and culture from the Bubonic plague to HIV/AIDS and the recent experience of SARS and swine flu.” All course materials are available on the website; lectures may also be accessed via YouTube or iTunes. Access:

  • The Historical Collections & Archives Lecture Series. Oregon Health & Sciences University’s special collections unit provides access to more than 30 videos from its lecture series. While the talks cover a wide range of subjects, this site is a particularly good resource for lectures on the history of medicine in the Pacific Northwest. Access:

  • Reynolds Lecture Series. The Reynolds Historical Library at the University of Alabama-Birmingham has nearly 30 videos available of talks from its history of medicine lecture series. The presentations cover a variety of topics, however this site is a particularly good resource for lectures on the history of medicine in the American South. Access:

Scholarly journals

  • Bulletin of the History of Medicine. Published by the American Association for the History of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Institute of the History of Medicine, this leading journal covers social, cultural, and scientific aspects of the history of medicine. Access:

  • Journal of the History of Medicine & Allied Sciences. This journal provides broad coverage on the history of medicine, with a particular emphasis on the activities, teachings, and impact of medical professionals. Access:

  • Social History of Medicine. This journal covers all aspects of the history of health, illness, and medical treatment, publishing scholarship from a variety of disciplines. Access:

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