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Comparative Literature

Research Guide for Comparative Literature

Resources in Medical Humanities

Spina alba [White thistle] from Tractatus de Herbis. Barcelona, España: M. Moleiro Editor, [2011]Archives and Libraries

Digital Collections

  • Historical Anatomies on the Web: National Library of Medicine (NLM) digital project designed to give access to high quality images from important anatomical atlases in the Library's collection. 
  • Images from the History of Medicine (IHM): Provides access to over 70,000 images in the collections of the History of Medicine Division (HMD) of the U.S National Library of Medicine (NLM).
  • Medical Heritage Library: curated, open access collection of thousands of historical resources in medicine, including medical rare books, pamphlets, journals, and films. Access via MHL and Internet Archive. 
  • Medical Historical Library, Yale University: access to books, manuscripts, artifacts, ephemera, art, drawings and posters. Digital materials under Digitized Collections.
  • MEDSpace Digital Repository, Duke University: A collection of items from Duke's Historical Images in Medicine (HIM) database. Included are digitized versions of Georg Bartisch's Ophthalmodouleia, Das ist Augendienst (1583), The Four Seasons (17th Century), Dr. Howard T. Stewart's album of eminent physicians and scientists (mid-19th Century), and a collection of over 500 medically-related bookplates. 
  • Wellcome Library: major resource for images, published and unpublished documents, journals, art, and databases in the medical humanities. Grant funding for the medical humanities through the Wellcome Trust.

Directories, Databases, Blogs

  • Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database: multi-institutional project begun by New York University School of Medicine comprised of an annotated multimedia bibliography of resources for teaching and research.
  • Medical Humanities, a Humanities Commons Group: includes articles, book chapters, and visual resources.


Major Research Centers

Journal of Medical Humanities

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Medical Humanities (journal)

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