Under Construction!

We’re going to be revising our look in the next few days so please pardon our digital dust.

The collection is still available 24/7 through the Internet Archive and our search tool as well.

We’ll be back with our new look as soon as we can!

Day Five of #ColorOurCollections!

We’ve had a great week making and sharing these pages with you. We hope you’ve had fun with them, too! If you’ve colored up any of our pages, we’d love to see: you can Tweet us pictures @medicalheritage or email us at medicalheritage (at) gmail (dot) com.

It isn’t quite saving the best for last, but we’ve certainly got a bit of variety for you today from Elias Ashmole and the Theatrum chemicum to a guide to microscopy.

Humani Corporis

From “De humani corporis” http://bit.ly/1PwI36U


From JH Wythe’s “The microscopist.”

Theatrum Chemicum

From Elias Ashmole’s “Theatrum chemicum” http://bit.ly/1QhwTPH

From JH Wythe's "The microscopist" http://bit.ly/23Ni9SC

From JH Wythe’s “The microscopist” http://bit.ly/23Ni9SC

Day Four of #ColorOurCollections!

For today we have an image which has been popular with folks for quite a long time — it’s been our fastest-moving postcard design! The ever-green — literally, if you wish! — syphilitic couple from Syphilis : poëme en quatre chants


Day Three of #ColorOurCollections!

Our coloring page for today is from Franz Unger’s 1853 Botanical letters to a friend.

And you can find all our coloring pages — plus a short video of me attempting to color! — in our open Google Drive folder.


Day Two of #ColorOurCollections!

We’ve got our latest sheets to offer but if those aren’t enough for you, check out @NYAMhistory: they’ve been doing a great job of catching everyone’s submissions. And don’t forget you can see the full list of participants as well.

From "De humani corporis fabrica" (1632) https://archive.org/details/dehumanicorporis01spie

From “De humani corporis fabrica” (1632) http://bit.ly/1PwI36U


From “The Compliments of the Season!!!” http://bit.ly/1SVP1on

nurse and patient

From “texts Dr. Chase’s third, last and complete receipt book and household physician, or, Practical knowledge for the people, from the life-long observations of the author…” (1890) http://bit.ly/1o2wUjX


From “De humani corporis fabrica” (1632) http://bit.ly/1PwI36U


From “texts Illustrated catalogue and price list of surgical instruments…” (1892) http://bit.ly/1PdqTHM

Day One of #ColorOurCollections!

We’re delighted to be taking part in this great week of coloring with over 50 (!) other institutions gathered together by the New York Academy of Medicine. You can get NYAM’s own lovely pages right here.

Our first installments are below and we’ll be adding new pages all week: keep an eye on our public Google Drive folder to see them all! Click on any of the images below to go to a downloadable version.


“The British Herbal and Family Physician.”


“The Art of Beauty.”

Digital Highlights: Johann Remmelin’s “Kleiner Welt Spiegel”

The Archives and Special Collections of the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library of Columbia University have digitized the 1661 German translation of Johann Remelin’s Catoptrum Microcosmicum.

Check out the great video made about the process:

And read their full post about digitizing a medical pop-up book! You can check out the final result in the MHL here.

The MHL Welcomes a New Partner: The Osler Library

The Medical Heritage Library is pleased to announce our first new partner of 2016: the Osler Library of the History of Medicine at McGill University.

The Osler Library of the History of Medicine at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, opened in 1929 to house the collection of rare medical and other books donated by Sir William Osler (1849-1929), the renowned physician and McGill graduate and professor. Initially comprising 8000 titles listed in the Bibliotheca Osleriana, the collection – one of the world’s outstanding ones – has grown to around 100,000 works including rare monographs, journals, archives and prints, as well as scholarly publications about the history of the health sciences and related areas. To date, the Library has scanned 152 items, all of which are available on the Library’s own Internet Archive site as well as in the MHL collection.

Making the Osler Library’s items available through the MHL not only enriches the MHL collection, but makes the Osler’s items searchable through the MHL’s Bookworm and full-text search tools.

We’re delighted to be able to include the Osler’s material in our collection and will be tagging more as the Library continues to scan items.

Images from the Library


From Alfred Moquin-Tandon’s Le monde de la mer (1866).

Images from the Library


From John Hill’s The useful family-herbal : or, an account of all those English plants which are remarkable for their virtues, and of the drugs which are produced by vegetables of other countries; with their descriptions and their uses, as proved by experience … (1789).

As always, for more from the Medical Heritage Library, please visit our full collection!

A/V from the Library

Click “play” above or follow this link to watch Body framework (192?).

As always, for more from the Medical Heritage Library, please visit our full collection!

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