Selected Resources for: History of Medicine

Subject Librarian:

Lois Hendrickson

l-hend@umn.edu

This subject covers: the history of medical theory and practice from the earliest times to the recent past.


Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

This index provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present with over 2,000 journals including all key English-language historical journals.

HST: 1976-to date Includes articles about the history of science in all historical periods. Includes such subjects as magic, alchemy, etc., as well as more modern concepts of science.

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Indexes articles, books, proceedings, reviews, and dissertations on the history of science and technology.

Digital version of the printed "Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon General's Office. Includes all five series of the publication.

Full texts of articles in academic journals covering the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. JSTOR provides backruns from the date of each journal's initial publication to recent issues. In some cases there may be a backlog of several years. JSTOR also increasingly offers the full texts of complete monographs, including books on music.

OVID, like PubMed, is an interface to search the MEDLINE database. It includes citations from the fields of medicine, public health, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and the basic biomedical sciences. MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database/article index that contains over 17 million references to journal articles. Coverage is from 1949 to the present. Over 5200 journals worldwide in over 37 languages are indexed.

Primary source of journal article access for the health sciences - the campus version provides full text access to all MEDLINE e-journals subscribed to by the University of Minnesota TC Libraries.

Covers the most of the sciences, including veterinary medicine and zoology. Provides bibliographic citations, plus author abstracts "for approximately 70% of the articles in the database." Each citation also includes a list of references cited in the source article. In addition, it is possible to retrieve a list of works that have cited a specific author or a specific earlier work. Indexes articles, reviews, letters, etc. from over "5,300 major journals across 164 scientific disciplines. Impact factors for many journals is also available. Basic truncation symbol is the asterisk: *.


General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for thousands of scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications.


Catalogs and Bibliographies

Bibliographies

Morton's medical bibliography : an annotated check-list of texts illustrating the history of medicine

A listing of the "firsts" in medicine as they appeared in the literature. Includes name and subject indices.

The history of surgery in the United States

In two volumes. Volume 1 covers textbooks, monographs, and treatises; Volume 2 covers periodicals and pamphlets. Both volumes are heavily illustrated.

Women in medicine: a bibliography of the literature on women physicians

Includes bibliographic entries as well a biographical information on women practitioners dating back to the beginning of recorded history; includes cites for medical education and graduate medical education. Educational topics include statistics, how women should acquire a medical education and educational trends.


Catalogs

Search with MNCAT to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.


General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

Provides authoritative, in-depth biographical articles on deceased scientists from classical antiquity to modern times. Each article includes bibliographies of works by and about the scientist who is the subject of the article. For biographical information on living scientists, check American Men and Women of Science or other sources.


Country Studies


Encyclopedias

Companion Encyclopedia of the History of Medicine

Essays covering the definition of and the development of understanding of various aspects of health care over many centuries.

Encyclopedia of Medical History

Historical encyclopedia of nursing

Includes biographical info in addition to such topics as public health nursing, African-American nurses, gender issues in nursing, ancient, medieval, and early renaissance nursing, war nursing, and midwifery.


General Reference Works

ArchiveGrid is a tool for searching through historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives, libraries, and museums around the world.

Medical Discoveries

subtitle: Medical Breakthroughs and the People Who Developed Them

Medical Discoveries : Who and When

Medieval and Renaissance medicine

Names of body parts in English, 1400-1550


Internet Resources

Electronic Texts

Every book, pamphlet, serial, and other printed work of significance published in America 1639 - 1800 with 36,000 items and 2. 4 million page images when complete. Based on Charles Evans, American Bibliography with additions from Roger Bristol's Supplement.


Web Sites

mages from the History of Medicine (IHM) provides access to nearly 70,000 images in the collections of the History of Medicine Division (HMD) of the U.S National Library of Medicine (NLM). 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.


Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).


Style Manuals

The standard work and most comprehensive of the style manuals. All chapters are written for the electronic age, with advice on how to prepare and edit manuscripts online, handle copyright and permissions issues raised by new technologies, use the latest methods of preparing mathematical copy, and cite electronic and online sources.


Library Information

Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine

568 Diehl Hall
East Bank, Minneapolis
626-6881
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Bio-Medical Library

Diehl Hall, 505 Essex St. S.E.
East Bank, Minneapolis Campus
Reference: 612-626-3260; Circulation: 612-626-4045
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