Indiana Medical History Museum

3045 W. Vermont St.

Indianapolis, IN    46222

       Ph: 317.635.7329



Secondary Education Sources:

Abram, Ruth J., ed. ‘Send Us a Lady Physician:’ Women Doctors in America, 1835- New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1985. (A collection of essays that documents the emergence of American women in the medical profession and also addressed general medical developments.)

Armstrong, David and Elizabeth Metzger Armstrong. The Great American Medicine Show: Being an Illustrated History of Hucksters, Healers, Health Evangelists, and Heroes from Plymouth Rock to the Present. New York: Prentice Hall, 1991. ( The book documents the somewhat bizarre history of American health reform movements such as Kellogg’s role in America’s “health craze” during the turn of the last century.  Students can use this book to learn more about medical history’s unique past.)

Bodenhamer, David J. and Robert G. Barrows. The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994. ( Introductory essays on a variety of subjects, including medical history, are included in this volume. Additionally, several notable Hoosier physicians, health reformers, and medical institutions are given individual entries.)

Czerner, Thomas B., M.D. What Makes you Tick? The Brain in Plain English. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2001.  ( An introduction to brain research over the past 200 years, this book illuminates the workings of the brain in an easy-to-read style.  Czerner also delves into the history of how humans have understood the brain by discussing the works of Descartes, Kant, Crick, and others.)

Johnson, Mary. Pocket Scientist Chemistry Experiments. London: Usborne
Publishing, Ltd., 1988. ( The IMHM has a chemistry lab and this book explains and illustrates “safe experiments to do at home” ranging from making your own bath salts to testing foods for starch content. *Some experiments do require adult supervision.)

Science and Technology Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. The Handy Science Answer Book, 2nd ed. Canton, MI: The Visible Ink Press, 1997. ( A “fact book” that contains entries on physics and chemistry, biology, health and medicine, the human body, and several other listings. Easy to read, yet quite comprehensive.)

Sutcliff, Jenny and Nancy Duin. A History of Medicine: From Prehistory to the Year New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1992. ( Nicely illustrated with drawings and photographs, this book discusses the history of medicine from the ancient Egyptians to the potential of future diagnostic techniques.)

Wilbur, C. Keith, M.D. Civil War Medicine. Old Saybrook, CT: The Globe Pequot Press, 1998.( Civil War Medicine provides an illustrated overview of medical care during the Civil War. The book addresses the use of surgical instruments, the development of an ambulance corp, nutrition, and the Sanitary Commission.)

Gamwell, Lynn and Nancy Tomes. Madness in America: Cultural and Medical Perceptions of Mental Illness before 1914. Cornell, NY: Cornell University Press, 1995. ( Using a variety of sources and illustrations, the authors analyze how physicians, the general public, and the mentally ill viewed mental illness before 1914. Also discussed are the variety of treatments used on the mentally ill and how these treatments differed between people of different races, classes, and gender.)

Pickard, Madge and R. Carlyle Buley. The Midwestern Pioneer: His Ills, Cures and Doctors. New York: Henry Schuman, 1946. ( The Midwestern Pioneer provides an excellent resource regarding medicine and “doctoring” during the pioneer era. Topics include, medical education, herbal remedies, “quack” doctors, and the perils of frontier living.)


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