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Alchemical Texts

Contains over 100 16th through 18th century texts on alchemy in English and other European languages. Many of these alchemists were practitioners of physic or herbalists who through these works gave insight into the state of medicine in the early modern period of Europe; e.g., John French's The Art of Distillation.


American Association for the History of Medicine

The AAHM is North America's oldest continuously functioning scholarly organization devoted to the study of all aspects of the history of the health professions, disease, public health, and related subjects. It is comprised of professional historians, practicing health professionals, librarians and archivists in the history of the health sciences, graduate students, and students actively seeking professional degrees. This site includes information on the association's meetings, committees, bylaws, etc. as well as a membership directory, job listings and grants and fellowship information.


Ancient Medicine - Medicina Antiqua

Provides bibliographies and essays on ancient medicine, an ancient medicine discussion list and several translations of Greek and Roman texts, including: Galen's On the Elements According to Hippocrates, Commentary on Hippocrates, On the Natural Faculties, Exhortation to Study the Arts: To Menodotus, and On Diagnosis from Dreams, and some selections from Hippocrates.


Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine by George M. Gould and Walter L. Pyle

"An encyclopedic collection of rare and extraordinary cases, and of the most striking instances of abnormality in all branches of medicine and surgery, derived from an exhaustive research of medical literature from its origin to the present day," published circa 1896. This text is a Project Gutenberg e-text which is downloaded from the Project Gutenberg site.


The Autobiography of a Quack and The Case of George Dedlow by S. Weir Mitchell, M.D.

Though fictitious, this work still brings insight into the state of medicine at the turn of the nineteenth century. The author, S. Weir Mitchell, was a medical doctor educated at Harvard and Edinburgh. This text is a Project Gutenberg e-text which is downloaded from the Project Gutenberg site.


The Evolution of Modern Medicine by Sir William Osler

A printed edition of "a series of lectures delivered at Yale University on the Silliman Foundation in April, 1913," given by the eminent Canadian doctor, Sir William Osler. The five lectures cover Greek Medicine, Mediaeval Medicine, Renaissance and the Rise of Anatomy and Physiology, The Rise and Development of Modern Medicine, and The Rise of Preventive Medicine. This text is a Project Gutenberg e-text which is downloaded from the Project Gutenberg site.


Hippocrates - Selected Works in English translation by Francis Adams

Along with works of many other ancient authors, this M.I.T. site provides segmented HTML pages of the selected works of Hippocrates (or entire selections may be downloaded by ftp in text format). Hippocratic selections found here include On Airs, Waters, and Places; On Ancient Medicine; Aphorisms; On the Articulations; The Book of Prognostics; On Fistulae; On Fractures; On Hemorrhoids; On Injuries of the Head; Instruments of Reduction; The Law; The Oath; Of the Epidemics; On Regimen in Acute Diseases; On the Sacred Disease; On the Surgery; and On Ulcers.


History of Biomedicine (Karolinska Institutet)

This Karolinska Institutet page provides a wealth of online resources on the topic of the history of the health sciences.


History of the Health Sciences World Wide Web Links - Duke University

This page covers a very wide range of online resources on the topic of the history of the health sciences.


Index Cat

Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon-General's Office. U.S. Army, Series 1-5.


Intute: Health & Life Sciences

MedHist is a free catalog of evaluated, high quality Internet resources and websites relating to the history of medicine and allied sciences, covering all aspects of the history of health and development of medical knowledge.


A Journal of the Plague Year
by Daniel Defoe

A fictional account of the London plague and great fire of 1665, but it is written by a man who had lived in London, as a young boy, at the time of the plague. His account contains many insights into seventeenth century popular views of English public health. This text is a Project Gutenberg e-text which is downloaded from the Project Gutenberg site.


National Library of Medicine's (NLM's) History of Medicine Division

This site provides links to all of the online medical history resources and exhibits produced by the NLM, including images from the History of Medicine, HISTLINE, History of Medicine Online Exhibitions, Schedule of the History of Medicine Seminars and NLM Special Lectures, and selected Profiles in Science -- online collections gathered from prominent scientists in biomedicine. NLM HMD Fact Sheet


National Library of Medicine's Images from the History of Medicine

The NLM's Images from the History of Medicine provides access to 60,000 digitized images, including "portraits, pictures of institutions, caricatures, genre scenes, and graphic art in a variety of media, illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine." Images have been indexed and may be searched by keyword or browsed through larger categories of thumbnail images.


Philadelphia Historical Digital Image Library (PHDIL)

A "collaborative effort between the Scott Memorial Library of Thomas Jefferson University and The Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1824, Thomas Jefferson University is Philadelphia's second oldest medical institution and the nation's largest private medical school. . . . Photographs within PHDIL include approximately 750 pre-1945 portraits of alumni, faculty, and trustees; scenes from Blockley and Children's Rehabilitation Hospitals and military hospitals; views of 19th and early 20th Century anatomy/dissection labs; nurses in practice; as well as medical society and class portraits."


Selected Classic Papers from the History of Chemistry

Everything from Avogadro's Journal de Physique (1811) to Pieter Zeeman's (1897) description of spectral lines can be found on this site maintained by Le Moyne College.


Vatican Library

Access to the homepage of the Vatican Library and links to the Vatican in general.


Women's Life in Greece and Rome
by Mary Lefkowitz and Maureen B. Fant

Provides links to quotations from ancient Greek and Roman texts on the attitudes towards women's health in the ancient world.