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History of Medicine, Healthcare, and Disease

Guide to locating research on historical health topics and diseases.

Web Sources

U.S. National Library of Medicine


U.S. National Library of Medicine Links:               

  • NLM History of Medicine Home Page:  Collects, preserves, and makes available to researchers and the public, print and non-print materials that document the history of medicine, health, and disease in all time periods and cultures.
  • NLM Historical Books and Journals  More than 600,000 printed works includes pre-1914 books and serials, thousands of pamphlets and dissertations, and pre-1871 journals.  Material in the collection covers every area of the history of medicine and the health sciences in the United States and Europe, and substantial collections of Latin American and Asian publications.
  • IndexCat, the online version of the Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon-General's Office, U.S. Army (61 volumes in 5 series, 1880-1961), is a comprehensive subject catalog of books, pamphlets, dissertations, reports, and journal articles published from the 17th-20th century and held by NLM. Researchers will find material in IndexCat that is not in the Library catalog (LocatorPlus)
  • Prints and Photographs   The Prints and Photographs Collection contains approximately 100,000 images dating from the 15th to the 21st century (including the online image database)
  • NLM Digital Collections free online repository of biomedical resources including books, still images, videos, and maps. 
  • More NLM Online Catalogs
  • Directory of History of Medicine Collections (U.S. and other countries)