If you are interested in the history of medicine in general, there are many organizations with information available at the click of your mouse. Below is a sample of these organizations.

Clendening History of Medicine Library and Museum(

The Clendening History of Medicine Library and Museum is the rare books and manuscripts library of the University of Kansas Medical Center. 

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Heritage Website(

Founded in 1954, the CFPC is the national organization of family physicians in Canada.  This site, established by the CFPC in 2014, celebrates 60 years of the College and features a time line, oral history interviews, and selected archival materials on the CFPC's ten provincial Chapters throughout Canada.

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia(

As the nation’s oldest medical society, The College of Physicians was founded in 1787 by a group of physicians including Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of our nation’s Declaration of Independence. More than 200 years later, The College of Physicians continues to honor its legacy as a non-profit educational and cultural institution. It contains an extensive collection of historical materials dealing with the history of early medicine in the United States, including The Mütter Museum, America’s finest medical museum and home to over 20,000 objects including medical instruments, specimens, medical illustrations and memorabilia of outstanding physicians and scientists; the Historical Medical Library and Wood Institute, one of the world’s premier collections of rare books and independent research libraries devoted to the history of medicine; and the Virtual Museum of Vaccines, which explores the heritage, development and use of vaccines throughout history in a dynamic, internet-based format. 

Countway Library of Medicine Center for the History of Medicine-Harvard University Medical School(

The Francis A. Countway Library’s Center for the History of Medicine is one of the world’s leading collections in the history of health care and medicine. It includes rare books, rare journals, manuscripts, archives, prints and photographs, art, artifacts, digital collections, as well as the Warren Anatomical Museum. 

Dittrick Medical History Center(

The Dittrick Medical History Center is dedicated to the study of the history of medicine through an extensive collection of rare books, museum artifacts, archives, images and other materials. The Center functions as an interdisciplinary study center within the College of Arts and Sciences of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and contains a museum, archives and rare book collection. 

Edward Hand Medical Heritage Foundation(

The mission of The Edward Hand Medical Heritage Foundation is to preserve and make accessible the rich heritage of the healing arts with special attention given to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  The Foundation's collection includes over 11,000 artifacts including books, photographs, and medical instruments documenting and reflecting the healing profession's history.  Included on the Foundation's site is a "Virtual Museum," featuring virtual collections made available via 3-dimensional imaging, which allows visitors to view each item from all sides and zoom in on item details.  

Family Medicine Digital Resource Library(

Established and maintained by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the STFM Resource Library serves to support and enhance the sharing and collaborative development of educational resources among Family Medicine educators through a digital library that includes resources for all levels of Family Medicine education.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Office of NIH History(

The Office of NIH History, located at NIH Headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, includes both a historical research unit (containing an archive) and The DeWitt Stetten, Jr. Museum of Medical Research, also known as the NIH Stetten Museum. 

National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine Division(

The National Library of Medicine houses one of the world's largest history of medicine collections. The History of Medicine Division of the NLM collects, preserves, interprets and presents materials documenting the history of medicine, biomedical science, health and disease in all time periods and cultures, and includes manuscripts, books, photographs, films and other historical resources. 

National Museum of Civil War Medicine(

The National Museum of Civil War Medicine Museum is the center for the study and interpretation of the medical history of the Civil War. The Museum collects, exhibits and preserves medical artifacts, manuscripts, books, documents and other materials related to the period from 1861-1865. 

New York Academy of Medicine Library(

The Malloch Rare Book Room and special collections at the New York Academy of Medicine contain about 32,000 printed volumes of European and American imprints mostly dating from before 1801, as well as periodicals, pamphlets, broadsides, diplomas, posters, maps, ephemera, manuscripts and archives that chronicle the development of medicine and medical practice. Major collecting interests include works about epidemic diseases; anatomy, including works by and about Andreas Vesalius; works by and about William Harvey and other classics in the history of cardiology; obstetrics and gynecology; diseases of the skin; cookery; folk remedies, medical receipt books, popular medicine and healing; public health documents; and medical Americana. 

Waring Historical Library(

The Waring Historical Library, located on the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, houses rare books, journals, manuscript items and museum artifacts relating to the history of the health sciences, with particular emphasis upon South Carolina and the South, generally.


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