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Visual Repositories for the History of Medicine: External Medical History Resources

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Antiqua Medicina: From Homer to Vesalius - Online exhibition by the University of Virginia featuring sections such as Ancient Gynecology, Byzantine Medicine, Medicine in Mythology and Literature, Women in Medicine, and Surgery and Surgical Instruments.

Country Doctor Museum Collections - The oldest museum in the United States dedicated to the history of America's rural health care. Digital collection hosted by East Carolina University. Contains over 5,000 medical artifacts and many volumes of historic texts gathered from across the nation.


UNC Health Sciences Library, De humani corporis fabrica: In Color - Digitized colored woodcuts from the library's first edition of Vesalius' De humani corporis fabrica libri septem.


UNC Libraries, The MacKinney Collection of Medieval Medical Illustrations - Digitized slide collection of Professor of medieval history and specialist of medieval medical history, Loren C. MacKinney.



British Library, Online Gallery, Elizabeth Blackwell's A Curious Herbal - Digital edition from the British Library.

European Library, Sciences and Machines: Scientific and Technological Development since 1800 - A virtual exhibition that gives access to European collections, including numerous medical works.

Karger Medical & Scientific Publishers, Transforming Vesalius - Extensive images from the newest translation of De humani corporis fabrica.

McGill University, Hospital Architecture in Montreal - Digital resource containing over 1,000 images from 1642 to the present.

McGill University Library, The Osler Library Prints Collection - Searchable website of 2,500 prints, photographs, drawings, posters, and cartoons on the history of medicine from the 17th to 20th centuries.

McGill University Library, William Osler Photo Collection - Chronicles Sir William Osler's life from his childhood in the Canadian wilderness to his medical education at McGill University, his innovative days as a doctor and teacher in Canada and the United States, and the final years of his life in Oxford, England.

Museum of the History of Science, Oxford University, Drug Trade: Therapy, Pharmacy and Commerce in Early Modern Europe - A virtual exhibit of pharmacy jars and herbals.

University of Toronto, Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library, Anatomia CollectionCollection featuring approximately 4,500 full page plates and other significant illustrations of human anatomy selected from the Jason A. Hannah and Academy of Medicine collections in the history of medicine. There are ninety-five individual titles represented, ranging in date from 1522 to 1867.

Wellcome Images - The Wellcome Trust Medical Photographic Library is the world's leading source of images on the history of medicine, modern biomedical science and clinical medicine. This site has over 160,000 historical and contemporary images.