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Medical Stock Sources: Images, Photographs, Videos, Animations, and Film Footage

We list some resources for medical stock shots, images, photographs, slides, videos, animations, and film footage that may be helpful.

US Government Medical Stock Image & Footage

Most US government images and graphics are in the public domain. Read the disclaimers on each site before use.

  • NLM Digital Collections contains Images from the History of Medicine (IHM). There are more than 70,000 historical images, from the Middle Ages to the present. You can also search for the images through LocatorPlus® and the NLM Catalog.
  • The NLM Visible Human Project® is a digital image library of complete, normal adult male and female anatomies.
  • NCI Visuals Online is from the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute.
  • Open-I is the Open Access Biomedical Images search engine. Access images in the National Library of Medicine's PMC (formerly PubMed Central) – an open archive of free full-text biomedical and life sciences journal literature.
  • The National Institutes of Health's National Eye Institute provides a Photos, Images, and Videos Catalog.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Public Health Image Library (PHIL) is a gateway to images at the CDC.
  • The US Census Library resources include audio, video, and infographics.

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You can find more information in the book, AV Marketplace (New York: Information Today, Inc.); a library in your area may own this.

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