Health Sciences

History of Medicine

Special Collections Library
Hatcher Graduate Library
913 S. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
(734) 764-9377 (p)
A collection of medical works and artifacts from late antiquity through the 20th century
 
For scholars and students alike, there is no replacement for the ability to study rare and historic medical texts and artifacts directly.
 
The U-M Library’s History of Medicine Collection traces the evolution of medical knowledge and beliefs from the Greek fathers of medicine, through the the medieval and Renaissance periods, to the modern era. 
 
The collection is not only a valuable resource for identifying changes in the understanding of the human body, but also includes rare examples of early printing techniques and binding methods, along with exquisite artwork and illustrations, and texts that shed light on shifting cultural conceptions of health and healthy living. As a result, these holdings attract attention from a wide variety of academic disciplines.
 
“The collection has been used by those studying not just medicine per se, but those interested in books as artifacts, the history of art, even architecture — in antiquity, and again in the Renaissance, a perfect figure of the human body became the main source of proportion for the classical orders of architecture,” says curator Pablo Alvarez. “The collection also reveals aspects of social history and can help us understand how ideas about medicine were disseminated, and the impact that increasingly accessible medical knowledge and images of the human body had on culture.”
 
Spanning some 8,500 works, the collection is noteworthy for:
 
  • incunabula — books printed before 1501
  • early editions of medical classics and anatomy texts
  • one of the most complete collections on the history and development of homeopathy, much of which has been digitized
  • medical “fugitive sheets” — the Renaissance version of a pop-up book that allowed for the study of different layers of the body
  • a collection of magical amulets dating from 100-500 C.E.
  • Among the notable works is, for example, Andreas Vesalius’s first edition of De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem, published in 1543. Vesalius, who is considered the father of modern anatomy, made sure that his exhaustive knowledge of anatomy was presented in a luxurious book format. Indeed, profusely illustrated with detailed woodcuts by Jan Stephan van Calcar, an artist of Titian’s school, this work represents the shift toward the study of anatomy by means of the dissection and direct observation of the human body.
Recently, Alvarez introduced undergraduate students enrolled in an art history course to some of the collection materials. Together they explored connections between art and medicine on display in anatomical treatises from the 15th and 16th centuries.
 
“This is one of our most interdisciplinary collections,” says Alvarez. “And as the collection continues to grow, we will be reinforcing and encouraging links with other areas of study.”
Page maintained by Pablo Alvarez
Last modified: 03/13/2014

Foundations of AAMC History

Alternative Titles
AAMC History
Description

Digital collection includes AAMC proceedings, position statements, member institution's course catalogs, association bylaws and constitutions, and other historical documents.  The earliest of these documents dates from 1836, and the sub-collection continues through to 1998.

Type
Subject Gateway
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/30608
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Subjects

Anatomy. TV

Alternative Titles
Anatomy TV Anatomy Tv
Anatomy.TV
Description

This is an online version of 3D anatomy software. Access 3D anatomy images, graphics, illustrations, clinical text and more. Intuitive controls allow the user to zoom, rotate and peel away layers to educate and communicate with an ease and directness that was never possible with print. A wealth of supporting media, MRIs, X-rays, live-action movies and animations are also included to supplement Anatomy.tv's high resolution, computer-generated models.

Type
Database
Images
Video
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/30415
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

Medicare Coverage Database

Alternative Titles
MCD
Description

Medicare Coverage Database (MCD) contains all National Coverage Determinations (NCDs) and Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs), local articles, and proposed NCD decisions. The database also includes several other types of National Coverage policy related documents, including National Coverage Analyses (NCAs), Coding Analyses for Labs (CALs), Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) proceedings, and Medicare coverage guidance documents.

The MCD is intended for use by Medicare contractors, providers, and other healthcare industry professionals.

Type
Database
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/30082
Access
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Subjects

Trip

Alternative Titles
Turning Research into Practice
Description

Trip is a source for evidence based healthcare information to support practitioners' clinical decisions.  Users can create personal accounts, save their search history, and citations link to MLibrary holdings.

Type
Database
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/29657
More Information
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Subjects

Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon-General’s Office

Alternative Titles
IndexCat
Index-Catalogue
Description

IndexCat is a multi-part printed bibliography of items in the Library of the Surgeon-General’s Office, U.S. Army. It contains material dated from the 1400s through 1950 and is an important resource for researchers in the history of medicine, history of science, and for clinical research.  The scope of Index-Catalogue extends beyond medicine and includes, for example, the basic sciences, scientific research, military medicine, public health, and hospital administration. Language coverage is international with citations in European and Slavic languages, Greek script, and Romanized Chinese and Japanese titles - some with English translations. The catalogue covers a wide assortment of materials including: books, journal articles, dissertations, pamphlets, reports, newspaper clippings, case studies, obituary notices, letters, portraits, as well as rare books and manuscripts.   It is a list of holdings for a specific library, it does not claim to be an index of all material published in medicine.

Type
Subject Gateway
Coverage
1400s-1950
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/29345
Access
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Influenza Encyclopedia

Description

A collection of primary source documents, images, and narratives that detail the impact of the American influenza epidemic of 1918-1919 on 50 cities in the United States. Each city has its own essay in addition to supplementary materials: time line, images, and reference list.  Four topic areas are covered: People, Places, Organizations, and Subjects. 

Type
Subject Gateway
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/29294
Access
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Subjects

ISAJ (Iraqi Academic Scientific Journals) database

Alternative Titles
ISAJ
Iraqi Academic Scientific Journals
Description

Iraqi Academic Scientific Journals

Press release 
Baghdad, Jun 20, 2012 

The Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research of Iraq is pleased to announce the launch of the new service "Iraqi Academic Scientific Journals" (IASJ).

IASJ is one platform where all scholarly journals published by the Iraqi universities and research institutions are indexed and discovered. All journals in IASJ are peer-reviewed and open access.

The main aim of IASJ is to improve the online discoverability and visibility of and access to the published scholarly research of iraqi academics. IASJ will help Iraqi authors to disseminate their research globally.

At the moment IASJ is launched in a Beta version with only 71 journals published by 18 institutions. The service will be further developed and will cover all journals, more than 200 journals publisher by 40 academic institutions in Iraq.

IASJ is developed and hosted by SemperTool, a company specialized in building digital library products. All content of IASJ will be included in the Iraqi Virtual Library System IVSL and it's discovery systemLibHub provided by SemperTool.

Type
E-Journal(s)
Coverage
214 Academic peer-reviewed journals 37 institutions 56128 articles
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/29276
Access
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Subjects

ClinicalKey

Alternative Titles
Clinical Key
Description
ClinicalKey is Elsevier's single search product for the clinical health sciences. ClinicalKey is intended to be a replacement for MDConsult  but it contains greater content including:
  • 900+ ebooks
  • 400+ Expert Consult titles
  • 500+ journals
  • 50 Clinics journals
  • 12,000+ videos
  • 1.8 million images
  • much more

 


 

Type
Database
E-Book(s)
E-Journal(s)
Images
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/29221
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

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