History of medicine portal
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Famous physicians throughout medical history
The history of medicine is replete with healing and cures but a lot of disease and suffering. Medical history draws from a range of academic and scientific disciplines and branches of scholarship such as history, philosophy, medicine and art. There is no shortage of resources available on these topics; the goal with this portal on the history of medicine is to provide some links to relevant files of information for the beginner, and insight into some of the key names and figures in medical history as well as to highlight trends across the history of medicine. Most of the resources mentioned below are freely-available. There will be corresponding academic sources and textbooks at your academic institution, so ask your history of medicine librarian.
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— Winston Churchill on the history of medicine, from an address to the Royal College of Physicians in March 1944
History of medicine curiosities
IndexCat contains over 4.5 million references to over 3.7 million bibliographic items dating from over five centuries and covering subjects of the basic sciences, scientific research, civilian and military medicine, public health, and hospital administration. A wide range of materials can be discovered through IndexCat, including books, journal articles, dissertations, pamphlets, reports, newspaper clippings, case studies, obituary notices, letters, portraits, as well as rare books and manuscripts. Recently, two new collections, involving medieval scientific English and Latin texts, were made available through IndexCat. Opening a new frontier in historical research, these additional collections encompass over 42,000 records of incipits, or the beginning words of a medieval manuscript or early printed book. IndexCat users can search incipit data by manuscript, library, author/translator, title, subject, date and other information.The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine creates the IndexCat database, which is the online version of the Index Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon-General's Office.