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Ben Gay Ad, 1946

From: Medicine and Madison Avenue Collection, Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History, Duke University

Contains health-related advertisements and historical documents collected between 1911 and 1958.



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The Cambridge History of Medicine - Roy Porter
Call Number: Snell Stacks R131 .C358 2006
ISBN: 0521864267
Publication Date: 2006-06-05

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Seeking the Cure - Ira Rutkow
Call Number: Snell Stacks R151 .R78 2010
ISBN: 9781416538288
Publication Date: 2010-04-13

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A Short History of Medicine - Frank Gonzalez-Crussi
Call Number: Snell Stacks R133 .G658 2007
ISBN: 9780679643432
Publication Date: 2007-11-06

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To Improve Human Health - Edward D. Berkowitz; Institute of Medicine (U.S.) Staff
Call Number: Law Library Stacks RA11 .B47 1998
ISBN: 0309061881
Publication Date: 1998-12-18

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The Progress of Experiment - Harry M. Marks; Colin Jones (Contribution by); Charles Rosenberg (Contribution by)
Call Number: Law Library Stacks RM47.U6 M37 1997
ISBN: 0521581427
Publication Date: 1997-04-13

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More Than Medicine - Jennifer Nelson
Call Number: Law Library New Books RA564.85 .N44 2015
ISBN: 9780814762776
Publication Date: 2015-03-06


  • IndexCat
    IndexCat, the online version of the Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon-General's Office, U.S. Army (61 volumes in 5 series, 1880-1961), is a comprehensive subject catalog of books, pamphlets, dissertations, reports, and journal articles published from the 17th-20th century and held by National Library of Medicine
  • PubMed
    This is a link to the PubMed "history of medicine" subset.
    Use the "Browse" feature at the top of the page to limit your search by topic. You can use "History of Science and Technology" or more specific browse terms.
  • Wellcome bibliography for the history of medicine
    An important resource for studying the history of medicine. Online archives of the bibliography cover 2000-2004. Coverage of more recent years through the Wellcome Library Catalogue, which contains article/chapter references.

Online Resources

  • Directory of History of Medicine Collections
    This directory gives links to websites for various collections. Many websites contain links to online catalogs or other discovery tools for the collections of each organization.
  • HathiTrust
    HathiTrust is a shared digital repository created by major research libraries. It offers searching of the full text of books and full access to works in the public domain. Works in nearly every subject, including medicine. Includes many works in full text (published before 1923).
  • United States Historical Census Data Browser
    The data presented here describe the people and the economy of the US for each state and county from 1790 to 1960. This site is made available with the cooperation and consent of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • National Library of Medicine Images
    More than 70,000 images from the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine. Spans 15th to 21st century.
  • National Library of Medicine Moving Images
    National Library of Medicine's collection of more than 100 videos about public health issues and innovations during the 20th century.
  • National Library of Medicine Oral History Collection
    This National Library of Medicine collection from the 1960's to present features interview with physicians, scientists, medical librarians, government administrators, and health-business executives on a variety of topics related to medicine and health sciences. Many included searchable transcripts.

Archival Collections

Subject Guide

History of Medicine Lecture Series

  • C.F. Reynolds Medical History Society Lectures
    University of Pittsburgh’s Health Sciences Library System site has more than two-dozen videos featuring past speakers from the C. F. Reynolds Medical History Society’s annual lecture series. The lectures cover a broad range of subjects, including the history of cystic fibrosis, eugenics, and medieval medicine.
  • Oregon Health & Science University Lecture Series
    More than 30 videos covering a wide range of subjects; particularly good resource for lectures on the history of medicine in the Pacific Northwest.

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