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- Searchable catalog of resources related to the history of medicine and allied sciences, developed and managed by the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine.

The Anatomists
Describes the development of early surgeons progressing from part-time barbers to skilled medical professionals. Page includes biographies of key historic figures and events that led to the creation of the Anatomy Act.

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.

Anesthesia History
Index to history of anaestheia resources on the Web

The Ascelpion
Features topics about ancient medicine. Contains texts and illustrations.

Bibliography of Secondary Works in the History of Medicine and Related Health Fields
A non-critical electronic bibliography from the Ruth Lilly Medical Library of monographs and classic works in the field of American history of medicine and related topics.

The Birth of the Clinic
Hypertext lecture notes on Foucault's account of the development of modern medicine

The Birth of the Clinic
Lois Shawver's notes on Foucault's Birth of the Clinic

Classical Islamic Biomedicine
Index website maintained by the Karolinska Institute.

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?".

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)

Directory of History of Medicine Collections (NLM)
Database of libraries, archives, research, and museums that could be of interest to scholars interested in the history of the health sciences.

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.

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

ECG Library: A (Not So) Brief History of Electrocardiography
An illustrated timeline from 1600 onwards, including electrocuting chickens (1775) and hypothermic dogs (1953).

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

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

Global Project on the History of Leprosy
The International Leprosy Association is developing a database of leprosy archives around the world.

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

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.

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.

History of Biomedicine
Features a historical perspective of the medical and biomedical fields, including useful research links. From the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.

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.

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

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

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

History of the Royal College of General Practitioners
Shows establishment of general practice (family medicine) as a speciality and academic discipline in Great Britain. Includes background history of general practice, foundation of the College, history of the College and its building and detailed chronology by subject. Links to Royal College of General Practitioners Archives pages.

Images from the History of Medicine
Provides access to the thousands of 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.

In Our Time: Anatomy
BBC Radio 4 discussion of 2,000 years of the study of human anatomy.

London's Hospital System,
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

Lothian Health Services Archive
A repository for institutional administrative and clinical records, private papers, photographs and objects relating to the past and present of Lothian health.

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.

UK based discussion list for science, technology and medicine studies

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

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)

Phineas Gage
Tells the story of the 19th Century man who survived severe damage to the brain, and how the accident led to significant changes in his personality and mood.

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".

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.

Prize Microscopes Awarded by the New York Homeopathic Medical College. 1874-1916
The New York Homeopathic Medical College awarded a prize microscope to the best graduates. This article is about this practice and it describes 5 of these prize microscopes.

Public Record Office | Hospital Records Database
This database provides information on the existence and location of the records of hospitals in the UK.

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.

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

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

Sigerist Circle Home Page
Organization of medical historians, focusing on issues of class, race, and gender.

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

Special Collections and Archives in the USA
Portal for history of medical science archive resources. Sorted by state.

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.

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.

The Virtual Laboratory
A platform where historians publish and discuss their research on experimentation in the life sciences, art, and technology. Managed by the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

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

150 Years of Anesthesia 1846-1996
Presented by Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University. Articles discuss the impact, people involved, surgery before anesthesia and current developments in the field.


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