History of Medicine
National Library of Medicine: The World's Link in Health
The National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world's largest medical research library. Its holdings include more than 3.5 million books, journals, technical reports, theses, pamphlets, photgraphs, and audiovisual materials covering more than 40 biomedical areas and related subjects from chemistry to psychology, botany to zoology and veterinary medicine.
The library also houses one of the world's finest historical collections of rare medical texts and manuscripts dating as far back as the 11th century.
With materials in 70 languages and information exchange capabilities internationally, the library is a worldwide source for all health professionals. Some 4 million journal articles, books, and computerized information searches were provided by NLM in 1985. Material may be consulted at the library, borrowed through interlibrary loan or searched by means of the library's computerized online databases.
[Current data as of September 30, 2006, from The National Library of Medicine Fact Sheet Collection (book and nonbook items) - 9,186,000; 900 million searches of MEDLINE are done each year; ]