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Collection Development Manual

Digital Images


The Library maintains several collections of digital images.
The Visible Human Project has produced high resolution cryosectional color images (cross-sections or slices) of human anatomy. The Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications has created a database for this image dataset as well as for 3D rendered images of anatomic objects created from cryosectional images.
Images from the History of Medicine (IHM), the National Library of Medicine's database of almost 60,000 historical images, documents social and historical aspects of medicine from the Middle Ages to the present. Pictures in the database come from the Library's collection of caricatures, photographs, fine prints, ephemera and portraits and from illustrations drawn from books and journals held by NLM. IHM covers a large range of medically related topics past and present, from medieval astrology to nineteenth century slum conditions, from the international fight against drug abuse to AIDS. The strength of the collection lies in the earlier periods, although it does contain twentieth century images, most dating from before World War II. IHM generally is not a source of modern clinical images.
Other collections of images include Profiles in Science, digitized archival collections of leaders in biomedical research and public health; and Historical Anatomies on the Web, which provides access to digitized images from important anatomical atlases in the Library's collection.
For modern clinical images, NLM refers users to other sources such as the Wellcome Trust Medical Photographic Library.
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