History of Medicine
Are NLM historical collections online?
The full texts of NLM historical material are not online; however, selected material from historical collections can be viewed in Online Exhibitions, Related NLM Web Sites, and digitized books, manuscripts, and pictures. For a complete list of digitized historical material, see Digital Resources.
NLM Historical material can be searched in a variety of online resources listed below.
Library Catalogs: NLM Catalog & LocatorPlus
NLM Catalog: start here to find books, journals, and audiovisuals.
LocatorPlus: for holdings, item availability, MARC 21, and more.
For help with searching LocatorPlus, see NLM LocatorPlus FAQ.
To find journal articles in the history of medicine, select "Topic Specific-Queries" from the "PubMed Tools" list on the PubMed homepage and select History of Medicine from the "Subjects" list. Full text of historically significant articles can be found in PubMed Central. For further information about PubMed, see FAQ MEDLINE/PubMed and Other Databases.
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 NLM. Researchers will find material in IndexCat that is not in the Library catalog (LocatorPlus).
- Exhibition Program
- Profiles in Science
- Digital Projects
- Digital Collections
- Guide to Tropical Disease Motions Pictures and Audiovisuals
- Guide to Mental Health Motions Pictures
- National Library of Medicine's Motion Pictures and Videocassettes about the Public Health Service and its Agencies (pdf)
- Midwifery, Nursing, and Obstetrics Manuscript Collections at NLM
- A Shelflist of Islamic Medical Manuscripts at the NLM (pdf)
- Tropical Medicine Manuscript Collections in the History of Medicine Division
- NLM Institutional Archives
- Medical Informatics Archival Collections
- History of Health Services Research Project