Selector: Alexandra Sarkozy
History of Medicine is this month's Subject of the Month. Broadly considered, history of medicine as an academic discipline covers not just the story of medical breakthroughs and medical practice throughout the centuries, but includes sets of questions about our selves, our bodies, our minds, the way we conceive of sickness and health, normalcy and abnormalcy, and the way historical actors, events, and ideas interact to produce stories about medicine and medical care. Changing interpretations of ideas and events from new theoretical perspectives make the history of medicine a vibrant, fascinating, interdisciplinary pursuit filled with strange stories, and provide new insights into our conceptions of sickness, health, and the current state of medical care delivery.
Enjoy these library resources and introduction to the History of Medicine!
Images from the History of Medicine (National Library of Medicine) is our featured website. Browse this online collection of over 70,000 digitized images from the History of Medicine division of the National Library of Medicine. "The collection includes portraits, photographs, caricatures, genre scenes, posters, and graphic art illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine dated from the 15th to 21st century." Images range from the nostalgic to the fantastic, sublime to terrifying, and include everything you never knew you wanted to know about public health. Sort by facets in the left side navigation.
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