Digital Collections of the National Library of Medicine, USA

Digital Collections of the National Library of Medicine, USA

This one is for anyone interested in Historical works in Medicine. Here is something from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), USA – “Digital Collections” a free online resource of biomedical books, still as well as moving images. Unless mentioned specifically, the content is totally free. 

Wish to read about Semmelweiss’ work on puerperal infections? Just search by the name Semmelweiss and you get 35 items. You can filter by the format option on the left side, and get images or his works – full books to download! 

The coverage of items is from – hold your breath – before 1600! 

There is such a range – from tropical disease motion pictures, to 1000s of still images, books to download, World War I stuff, Unique English imprints of pre 1800 and more. 

I found an interesting item, when I searched the word – Medline. The first item retrieved was a tiny booklet – “What is this thing called Medline”. Click this link and then click Page 3 of the four pages displayed. It tells us about how Medline was first made available in 1971. At that time it had 400,000 citations and today PubMed (Medline plus more) has 26 million citations! 

Enjoy the Digital collections of the US – NLM at


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