Resources for Researchers
Online Medical History ResourcesU.S. National Library of Medicine: Digital Collections
Digital Collections is the National Library of Medicine's free online resource of biomedical books and still and moving images. All of the content in Digital Collections is freely available worldwide and, unless otherwise indicated, in the public domain. Digital Collections provides unique access to NLM's rich resources.
Wellcome Library Collections Online
The Wellcome Library is one of the world's major resources for the study of medical history. Explore their digitized collections, including books, audio, images, and more.
Medical Heritage Library
A collaboration of some of the world’s leading medical libraries, MHL promotes free and open access to historical resources in medicine, including 60,000 digitized rare books, serials, and films.
Historical Images in Medicine
The Duke University Medical Center Library’s Historical Images in Medicine collections include over 3,000 photographs, illustrations, engravings, and bookplates from the history of the health and life sciences.
The Osler Library Prints Collection
The Osler Library Prints Collection, ranging from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, consists predominantly of prints, though it also includes photographs, drawings, posters, and cartoons.
Anatomia 1522 – 1867
This collection features approximately 4500 full page plates and other significant illustrations of human anatomy selected from the Jason A. Hannah and Academy of Medicine collections in the history of medicine at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto. Each illustration has been fully indexed using medical subject headings (MeSH), and techniques of illustration, artists, and engravers have been identified whenever possible. There are ninety-five individual titles represented, ranging in date from 1522 to 1867.
Brought to Life
This resource from the United Kingdom's Science Museum contains thousands of digitized images of of artifacts and objects from the museum’s medical collections.
Digital Collections from the New York Academy of Medicine
A variety of resources, from New York Milk Committee ephemera, 19th Century Resurrectionists, and pharmaceutical trading cards.
The unfiltered story of American Eugenics, primarily told through materials from the Eugenics Record Office at Cold Spring Harbor, the center of American eugenics research from 1910-1940.
The Casebooks Project
A digital edition of Simon Forman’s & Richard Napier’s medical records, 1596–1634
This is a wide collection of information -- archive guides, primary sources, digitized materials –- selected to assist lay people and undergraduate students, as well as established scholars and graduate students. Most sources to date focus on the period from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the formation of the People's Republic of China.
JAMA article that introduces video oral history project on evidence-based medicine.
Medicine in the Americas 1610-1920 a Digital Library
From the National Library of Medicine History of Medicine Division
History of Medicine has a subset in PubMed.
Retrieving History of Medicine Citations in MEDLINE/PubMed
NLM Tech Bull. 2012 Jul-Aug;(387):e6
The project has been aimed to provide access to the catalogue of the one of the earliest collection of the Kunstkamera, founded in St.Petersburg by the Russian Emperor Peter the Great in 1714. Collection of anatomic specimens created by Frederik Ruysch (1638–1731), professor of anatomy and botany in Amsterdam, was procured for the museum in 1717.
Medical History in Indiana
Indiana Eugenics: History & Legacy, 1907-2007
Indiana Public Health Historic Collections
Women in Medicine at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis
Indiana University Oral History Archive
Indiana Historical Society: Collections
Journal of the American Medical Association
Indiana Medical Journal
Indiana Medical History Quarterly
The Snakeroot Extract
Central State Hospital
aka Indiana Hospital for the Insane, Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane
Henry M. Hurd, ed., The Institutional Care of the Insane in the United States and Canada, Volume 2 (1916)
Evelyn C. Adams, The Growing Concept of Social Responsibility Illustrated by a Study of the State's Care of the Insane in Indiana (1936)
Kathryn M. Wilmot, The Indiana Hospital for the Insane: Varying Perspectives on the Moral Treatment Landscape (2006)
Dr. Lucy Jane King, From Under the Cloud at Seven Steeples, 1878-1885: The Particularly Saddened Life of Anna Agnew at the Indiana Hospital for the Insane, Guild Press (2002).
Ellen Dwyer, "Mental Health Care in Early Twentieth Century Indiana and the Limits of Reform." Indiana Medical History Quarterly, Vol. 9 (1983), 23-27.
Nicole Kobrowski, Fractured Intentions: A History of Central State Hospital for the Insane, Unseenpress.com, (2014).
The Old Pathology Building and The Indiana Medical History Museum
“Pathological Building. Dedication of the New Department of the Insane Hospital.” Indianapolis News (December 19, 1896).
“Pathological Study. New Building and Equipment at the Central Hospital.” Indianapolis News (December 16, 1896)Robert A. McDougal, MD, Indiana Medical History Museum: German-American Connections, "The Palatine Immigrant," Vol. 26, no. 4 (September, 2001), pp. 190-194.
Dr. Lucy Jane King and Dr. Alan Schmetzer, Dr. Edenharter’s Dream: How Science Improved the Humane Care of the Mentally Ill in Indiana, 1896-2012, Hawthorne Publishing (2012).
Laura M. Bachelder, "Inaugurating a Scientific Era: The Pathological Department, Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane (1896-1996)," Indiana Medical History Museum (1996).
“Old Pathology Building”. Indiana Medical History Quarterly, Vol. 1, no . 1 (July 1974).
Katherine Mandusic McDonell, “Old Pathology Building: The Indiana Medical History Museum’s Most Priceless Artifact," Indiana Medicine (December 1987).
Norma Erickson, "From Age to Age: The American Laboratory," Lab Management (July 2004).
Erin E. Niland, Audrey McGuire, Mary H. Cox, and George E. Sandusky, "High Quality DNA Obtained with an Automated DNA Extraction Method with 70+ year old Formalin-Fixed Celloidin-Embedded (FFCE) blocks from the Indiana Medical History Museum," American Journal of Translational Research, Vol. 4, no. 2 (2012), pp. 198-205.