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Medical Heritage Library
Curated collection of freely-available history of medicine images, texts, movies, audio, and data.
History of Medicine Finding Aids
Index to finding aids from archives and repositories in the United States collecting in history of medicine and allied sciences.
Online Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon-General's Office, an index of medical and scientific publications from 1880-1961; eTK, covering medieval Latin; eVK2, covering medieval English texts; and other selected historical resources.
Oral History Collections
Oral histories gathered by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Osler Library Prints Collection
2,500 prints, photographs, drawings, posters, and cartoons on the history of medicine from the 17th to 20th centuries, hosted by McGill University Library.
National Library of Medicine: Turning the Pages Online
Digital versions of classics of medicine including the Edwin Smith
Surgical Papyrus (17th century BCE), Andreas Vesalius's De Humani Corporis Fabrica, and more.
Who Named it?
Biographical dictionary of medical eponyms -- diseases and anatomical areas named after people, with a biography of that person. Very useful resource.
Heirs of Hippocrates
Wonderful history of medicine and medical bibliography by the University of Iowa.
Roughly 4500 full page plates & significant illustrations of human anatomy from the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto. Fully indexed using MeSH.
History of Vaccines
History of vaccinations with timeline, articles, image gallery and interactive games.
Medicine in the Americas
National Library of Medicine digital resource that includes over 300 freely available early American printed books, showing the development of American medicine from 1610 to the early 20th century.