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Library Resource Guide for: HISTORY OF SCIENCE

History of Medicine

Subscription Databases:

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine  
1975-present; this database indexes journal articles, conference proceedings, books, book reviews, and dissertations in the history of science, technology, and medicine and allied historical fields. The database integrates four bibliographies: the Isis Current Bibliography of the History of Science, the Current Bibliography in the History of Technology (Technology and Culture), the Bibliografia Italiana di Storia della Scienza and the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine.

ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance  
1859-present; Iter's Journals Database is an electronic bibliography of interdisciplinary journal literature pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Iter citations include articles; bibliographies; catalogues; abstracts; and discographies. An online version of Paul Oskar Kristeller's Iter Italicum, the most comprehensive finding list available of previously uncatalogued or incompletely catalogued Renaissance humanistic manuscripts found in libraries and collections all over the world is now included.

Internet Resources:

  • Animated Anatomies
    Online exhibition of anatomical flap books, curated by Valeria Finucci and Maurizio Rippa-Bonati and mounted to the web by the Duke University Libraries.

  • Catoptrum Microcosmicum
    A digital project by the University of Iowa's Hardin Library, this digital version of Johann Remmelin's 1619 Catoptrum Microcosmicum displays the Layered images of this complex anatomical text as they were intended to be seen -- something difficult to do with the original copies that survive in rare book libraries, due the the great fragility of the images. This project was part of a larger project by the Hardin Library's John Martin Rare Book Room to create an digital image resource consisting of plates from early medical texts.

  • Circulating Now
    Blog of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), highlighting important issues in medical history through materials found in the historical collecions of the NLM.

  • Countway Library of Medicine
    One of the world's leading collections in the history of health care and medicine, with strong holdings in anatomy, anesthesiology, cardiology, dentistry, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and surgery. The Center offers access to the personal and professional papers of prominent American physicians and is the institutional repository for the records of Harvard Medical School (founded 1782), Harvard School of Dental Medicine (1867), and Harvard School of Public Health (1922). It also houses the Archives for Women in Medicine.

  • Guide to the papers ofJohn Lancelot Todd, M.D.
    J. L. Todd (1876-1949) was Canada's first professor of parasitology and a noted pioneer in that field. This online guide to his papers is international in scope, describing related collections in Canada, Britain and the United States.

  • Historical Collections at the National Library of Medicine
    Gateway to material on the history of medicine at the National Library of Medicine US), among the richest in the world. Growing holdings include pre-1914 books, pre-1871 journals, archives and modern manuscripts, medieval and Islamic manuscripts, a collection of printed books, manuscripts, and visual material in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean; historical prints, photographs, films, and videos; pamphlets, dissertations, theses, college catalogs, and government documents.

  • The Vesalian School of Anatomy in Renaissance Padua
    Scholarly article by John Martin, M.D., reprinted from Books at Iowa, Vol. 18 (April 1973), mounted by the University of Iowa Libraries.

  • Wellcome Library
    World-reknowned collection of materials on the history of medicine. The site includes a searchable collection of digital images.