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/bds 5/6/2016


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 Digital Library
A collection of materials documenting the history of maternal and child health. Highlights include collections of materials from the Children’s Bureau and selected historical documents.

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, the History of Medicine Finding Aids Consortium map of participating institutions, and online exhibits (including “Cesarean Section: A Brief History,” co-sponsored with ACOG.

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 themes covering various aspects of the history of medicine.  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 more than 700 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.

The Tizzano Museum of Obstetrics, Gynecology, Medical Antiques and Women's Health History
A diverse collection of historical objects, accumulated over the course of twenty-five years, with an emphasis on women's health history. The Tizzano Museum online collection is arranged under the broad categories of gynecology, obstetrics, medicine, the apothecary, surgical instruments, nostrums and quackery, the veterinary armamentarium, microscopes and scientific instruments, and the yet-to-be identified, “What’s it.” The site also provides an apothecary glossary. PowerPoint presentation slides of individual objects are available for purchase. These include description of the object and, when available, biographical details about their creators, descriptions from primary source materials, and references from period trade catalogs are included.

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.  Since 2010 the library has been engaged in a large scale digitization program, allowing online open access to its collections while building its profile as a world-class academic research library and major cultural destination.

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
Founded in 1941, the Cushing/Whitney Historical Library contains a large and unique collection of rare medical books, prints, pamphlets, photographs, and medical journals to 1920, as well as current works on the history of medicine. The site links to medical history databases; electronic texts on the history of medicine; and digitized collections such as the Historical Medical Poster Collection, Medical Instruments and Artifacts, the Pathology Teaching Collection, and the Clements C. Fry Print Collection of fine drawings on medical subjects from the 16th century to the present.

Listserv: CADUCEUS-L : History of the Health Sciences Forum
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Mary Hyde
Senior Director

Beth DeFrancis Sun
Special Collections Librarian

Jean Riedlinger
Reference Librarian


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