WEBTREATS: History of Medicine

This list, prepared by the College librarians from other sources, is provided for information only. Referral to these sites does not imply the endorsement of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of either the organization or their contents, expressed views, programs, or political activities.  Further, the College does not endorse any commercial products that may be advertised or available from these organizations or on these websites. This list is not meant to be comprehensive; the exclusion of a site does not reflect the quality of that site. Please note that sites and URLs are subject to change without warning.      mash/dgs 3/20/2014

 

American Association of the History of Medicine
Founded in 1925, 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.

American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists - Resource Center
The College site offers information on the History Fellowship, past Presidents, Named Lectureships, and past Annual Clinical Meetings.

BIUS - Histoire de la Medecine et de l'Art Dentaire
Interuniversity Health Library (BIUS) is an inter-university library in Paris, specializing in medicine, pharmacy and related sciences.  It was formed by a merger in 2011, of the Interuniversity Library of Medicine and Dentistry (BIUM) with the Inter-University Library of Pharmacy (BIUP).  Extensive online resources.

Case Western Reserve University - Dittrick Medical History Center
The Dittrick Medical History Center is dedicated to the study of the medical past through a distinguished collection of rare books, museum artifacts, archives, and images.  It also houses the Percy Skuy Collection on the History of Contraception.

Combined Medical Timeline (Wellcome Trust)
Create customized timelines based on combinations of time period, geographical area, subject theme, and biographies.

Duke University - Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History & Culture
Numerous online subject-based research guides based on holdings in the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History & Culture in the Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Special Collection Library at Duke University.

Exploring and Collecting History Online (ECHO)
ECHO is a directory to 5000+ websites concerning the History of Science, Technology, & Industry.

Harvard University Medical School - Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library of Medicine
The library is one of the largest medical libraries in the world, and serves the Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston Medical Library and the Massachusetts Medical Society.  Library holdings include more than 630,000 volumes, 3,500 current and over 10,000 non-current biomedical journal titles.  The library also houses one of the world's leading medical history collections.  It hosts The Center for the History of Medicine, which includes Archives and Recourds Management Program for the schools of the Harvard medical area, and the Warren Anatomical Museum.

History of the Health Sciences World Wide Web Links
This site is compiled by the History of Health Sciences Section of the Medical Library Association.

International Society for the History of Medicine
Founded in Paris in 1921, the purpose of the Society is to assist and support the historical study of all questions relating to the medical and biomedical sciences and, more generally, to all branches of the healing arts.  Specifically, the Society seeks to improve communication between individuals and professional groups throughout the world interested in these disciplines to promote the teaching and spread knowledge on these topics.  The Society sponsors and oversees the organization of biannual international congresses in the history of medicine.

Johns Hopkins University - Welch Medical Library, Institute of the History of Medicine

London Museums of Health & Medicine
The exhibits in these museums help to place the history and development of medicine.  The London Museums of Health and Medicine Group was formed in 1991. It is a network and marketing consortium of over twenty separate museums.

Margaret Sanger Papers Project
Margaret Sanger’s papers are available electronically; they document the history of US birth control policy.

Maternal & Child Health Library at Georgetown University
The library houses a collection of historical documents and reports related to maternal and child health in the US and health services for children and families.  A particular focus is programs of the federal government, including activities of the Children's Bureau and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services under Title V of the Social Security Act.

McGill University - Osler Library of the History of Medicine
The library opened in 1929 to house the collection of rare medical and other books donated by Sir William Osler, the renowned physician and McGill graduate and professor.  Initially comprising 8,000 titles listed in the Bibliotheca Osleriana, the collection has grown to around 100,000 works including older, rare materials as well as current books and periodicals about the history of the health sciences and related areas. 

Medical Heritage Library
A digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries. The collection resides at the Internet Archive.  The MHL promotes free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine. Their goal is to provide the means by which readers and scholars across a multitude of disciplines can examine the interrelated nature of medicine and society, both to inform contemporary medicine and strengthen understanding of the world in which we live.

Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health
This unusual site provides an offbeat history of menstruation, with images.  Includes the latest menstruation articles, news, along with the history of menstrual products and culture.

National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine Division
The NLM site features nearly 60,000 history of medicine images, the Directory of History of Medicine Collections (http://wwwcf.nlm.nih.gov/hmddirectory/index.cfm), and online exhibits (including “Cesarean Section: A Brief History,” co-sponsored with ACOG, at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/cesarean).

Neonatology on the Web
This full-text site has 18th, 19th and early 20th century papers and articles on neonatal and perinatal medicine.

Science Museum - Brought to Life: Exploring the History of Medicine
Features artifacts from the massive collection created by Henry Wellcome.  The site is divided into 10 themes, including surgery, public health, and hospitals.  It also provides biographies of key people in the history of medicine, timelines, and interactive displays.

Short History of the Development of Ultrasound in Ob-Gyn
Learn how ultrasound was applied in the field from the very early days right up to the development of 3 dimensional ultrasound.

Sophia Smith Collection: Women’s History Manuscripts
The Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College is an internationally recognized repository of manuscripts, archives, photographs, periodicals, and other primary sources in women's history.   It was founded in 1942 to be the library's distinctive contribution to the college's mission of education women.  The collection evolved from a collection of works by women writers into a historical research collection of material documenting the lives and activities of women.  In 1946 it was named in honor of the founder of Smith College.  It currently consists of approximately 650 collections of material in manuscript, print, and audiovisual formats.  Subject strengths include birth control and reproductive rights, women's rights, suffrage, the contemporary women's movement across race, class, and sexual orientation, US Women working abroad, the arts, the professions, and middle-class family life in nineteenth- and twentieth-century New England. 

"A Thin Blue Line: the History of the Pregnancy Test Kit" - Dewitt Stetten, Jr., Museum of Medical Research (NIH)
This web site looks at the history of the home pregnancy test—one of the most ubiquitous home healthcare products in America —and examines its place in our culture.

University of Iowa - Hardin Library - Heirs of Hippocrates
This is the online version of the annotated bibliography of historic books in the John Martin Rare Books Room and a source of authority for all who work with antique medical texts.

University of Manitoba - Health Sciences Libraries - History of Medicine Links
This site has numerous links to other sites on the History of Medicine such as finding tools, general web sites, associations, and organizations.

Wellcome Library
Part of Wellcome Collection, the Wellcome Library provides insight and information to anyone seeking to understand medicine and its role in society, past and present. It is one of the world's major resources for the study of medical history and provides access to a growing collection of contemporary biomedical information resources relating to consumer health, popular science, biomedical ethics and the public understanding of science.  In 2009, the Wellcome Library embarked on a five-year transformation strategy to create a groundbreaking digital library, allowing online open access to its collections, and building its profile as a major cultural destination as well as a world-class academic research library.

WHO Library & Information Networks for Knowledge: Historical Collection
Selected important works and rare books in the WHO Library Historical Collection have been optically scanned and uploaded in PDF format.

Who Named It?
A biographical dictionary of medical eponyms. Can be searched alphabetically, by category or country, and has a separate list for female entries.

Yale University - Medical Historical Library
The Cushing/Whitney Library site lists internet resources, with live links, organized by association and organizations, educational resources, images, guides, museums, and discussion groups.

Listserv: CADUCEUS-L : History of the Health Sciences Forum
To subscribe, visit the CADUCEUS-L webpage at http://www.hshsl.umaryland.edu/caduceus/index.cfm, fill out the necessary blocks, and click on the subscribe button.  For queries relating to the list, contact the owner at rbehles@hshsl.umaryland.edu

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