Indexes & Abstracts

  • Catalog of incunabula and sixteenth century printed books in the National Library of Medicine
    REF Z6659 N21 
  • Catalogue of the books, manuscripts, maps and drawings in the British Museum (Natural History)
    8 volumes
    REF Z 7409 B77 (1903-1940)
  • Health Sciences Books
    (1876-1982)4 volumes
    REF Z6658 H34 1982
  • Index catalogue of the library of the Surgeon-General's Office - United States Army
    (Series 1-5)Covers 1880-1961.
  • Index of Psychoanalytic Writings
    14 volumes
    REF Z7204In8 (1956-1975)
  • New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM)
    (Author Catalog and Subject Catalog) 77 volumes plus supplements. The Academy is located in New York City; appointment required to use the historical section of the NYAM Library.
    REF Z6676 N483 1969

Internet Guides & Resources

  • Health Sciences at Columbia University: A Timeline
    A timeline, starts with the founding of Kings College in 1754. Includes selective images from the archives.
  • From quackery to bacteriology: the emergence of modern medicine in 19th century America
    An illustrated essay on the development of 19th century American medicine, based on an exhibit in the University of Toledo's Canday Center. The attractive graphics can be enlarged.
  • Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970
    U.S. Bureau of Census.
    Ref HA202 Un32
  • History in focus: medical history
    Provides resources for the history of medicine from antiquity to the twentieth century. Highlights reviews of books on medical history, websites.
  • History of biomedicine, general from the Karolinska Instittute
    Provides links to the history of medicine from prehistoric to modern periods.
  • History of medicine: an annotated list of key reference works
    Annals of Internal Medicine v 118(1):59-62, 1993. The journal article provides a list of selected reference works. "This annotated bibliography of reference works or "secondary sources" in the history of medicine was prepared to assist people interested in reading or writing about medical history. The list includes comprehensive bibliographies of primary sources (original printed works and manuscripts), secondary sources (historical or derivative works), general histories of medicine, and collected biographies of physicians and medical scientists." "The list is limited to printed sources."
    PubMed ID 8416158
  • History of the Health Sciences Section of the Medical Library Association
    Supports interest in the history of the health sciences among libraries and librarians.
  • History of the Health Sciences World Wide Web Links
    Provides links to health sciences libraries and archives; oaths, prayers and symbols; bibliographies, chronologies, histories and more.
  • Images from the History of Medicine
    Provides access to the nearly 60,000 images in the print and photograph collections of the History of Medicine Division of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  • Johns Hopkins University
    Annotated citations to bibliographies, indexes, dictionaries, biographical sources, catalogs, and treaties.
  • Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
    Current issue had full text articles available as PDF files.
  • Medical Museums
    A list of medical museums, archives, and libraries in the U.S.A. coming from the Dittrick Medical History Center at Case Western University. Provides a link to the medical museums outside the United States.
  • National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUMC)
    NUMC is a database of catalogs operated by the Library of Congress. Search for manuscripts and find where they are located; search archival records on a particular subject.
  • Repositories of Primary Sources
    "A listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar."Lists contact information, and summary of collections in a number of repositories within the US and Canada. Includes international listings as well.
  • Vesalius Anatomy (at Online Gallery)
    Click on: 'A landmark in medical history' and view Vesalius's 16th-century anatomy images.

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias & Guides

  • American medical biographies
    REF R153 K29 1920
  • Bailey and Bishop's notable names in medicine and surgery
    4th ed. revised
    REF R134 B15 1983
  • Biographical Dictionary of Women Healers: Midwives, nurses and physicians
    This book summarizes the lives of 240 significant or representative women who have engaged in the "core" professions of midwifery, nursing and medicine (exclusive of psychiatry) and whose careers were primarily spent in the United States and Canada, from the colonial times to the present.
    REF R692.s35 2002
  • Biographical History of Medicine
    REF R134 T14 1970
  • Chronology of medicine and related sciences
    REF R133.M717 1977
  • Guide to the history of science
    REF Q125 Sa 75 1952 
  • Introduction to the history of medicine: with medical chronology, suggestions for study and bibliographic data
    REF R131 G19 1929
  • Research guide to the health sciences: medical, nutritional and environmental
    (see chapter 22)
    REF Z 7401 C42 1987
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons, NY and its founders, officers, instructors, benefactors and alumni: a history
    REF R747.N618 Sh8 1903
  • Dates in medicine: a chronological record of medical progress over the millennia
    REF R133.D238 2000
  • Dictionary of the history of science
    REF Q125 D56 1981
  • Enycylopedia of medical history
    REF R133 M17 1985
  • Encyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence
    REF RA 649.E53 1995 Q
  • Guide to the history of science: a serial from 1986-1992.
    REF Q125 G94
  • Health sciences information sources
    (see chapter 12, History),
    REF Z6658 C422 1981
  • Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970
    U.S. Bureau of Census.
    Ref HA202 Un32
  • History of Columbia University 1754-1904
    REF LD 1248 H62 1904
  • History of magic and experimental science
    8 volumes; covers first century to 17th century
    REF Q125.T39 1958
  • History of the College of Physicians and Surgeons
    REF R747.C7D17 1888
  • History of the School of Nursing of the Presbyterian Hospital, New York 1892-1942
    REF RT 81 .N483 L51 1942
  • Index of Psychoanalytic Writings
    14 volumes
    REF Z7204In8 (1956-1975)
  • Introduction to the history of science
    3 volumes; Homer to Omar Khayyam; Rabbi Ben Ezra to Ibn Rushd; Robert Grosseteste to Roger Bacon; Sarton, G.
    REF Q 125.S32 1927
  • Medical discoveries: who and when
    REF R131 Sch5 1959
  • Medical Reference Works 1679-1966: a selected bibliography
    REF Z1035.1 B58 1967
  • Medicine: a bibliography of bibliographies
    REF Z 6658.A1 B46 1971
  • Morton's medical bibliography: an annotated check-list of texts illustrating the history of medicine
    REF Z6658.G19 1991
  • Neighbors 1892-1967: a history of the Department of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, Columbia University 1937-1967 and its predecessor the School of Nursing of The Presbyterian Hospital, New York 1892-1937
    REF RT 81.N83L512 1892-1967
  • Scientific and technical information sources
    2nd ed. (see chapter 12 History)
    REF Z 7401 C42 1987
  • The Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center 1868-1943: A history of a great medical adventure
    REF RA 982.N48 L16 1955

Directories & Associations

  • American Association for the History of Medicine
    Founded in 1926; devoted to the study of all aspects of the history of the health professions, disease, public health and related subjects.
  • History of Science Society
    Incorporated in 1924; dedicated to understanding science, technology, medicine, and their interactions with society in their historical context.