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Unveiling Medicine's Past: Medical Historical Collections Online

The Medical Historical Library’s digital collection includes Yale School of Medicine photographs, portraits of 16th Century anatomist Andreas Vesalius, Harvey Cushing and others, as well as rare books, medical and surgical instruments, prints, posters, and drawings, and much more! This exhibit demystifies the process of digitization and showcases Yale’s rich medical historical collections.

The Historical Library is constantly working to bring collections to researchers and scholars here and worldwide. Part of the Medical Heritage Library (http://www.medicalheritage.org/), a collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries that are bringing thousands of books and journals online, the Historical Library has digitized and contributed over 1,725,000 pages.

The Medical Heritage Library includes books, pamphlets, journals, and video and audio recordings in the history of medicine, including the health sciences (nursing, dentistry, audiology, physiology, psychology, psychiatry, biological science) and titles on spas, weather, veterinary medicine, gardening, physical culture, and alternative medicine. Titles have been chosen for their scholarly, educational, and research value.

As of January 2013 the collection consisted of more than 40,000 books, journals, and videos on topics including surgery, public health, infectious diseases, gynecology, psychology, anatomy, neuroscience, tobacco, and homeopathy. Visit our collections online http://digital.medicine.yale.edu/