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The links section offers access to external websites and pages relevant to surgical practice, education and research, as well as some sites with a broader medical focus. The content of this area is maintained by the Library and whilst we take no responsibility for the content of links, if you would like to report a broken link or suggest a new website please email

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History of Medicine

AIM25 - Archives in London and the M25 area

AIM25 is a major project to provide electronic access to collection level descriptions of the archives of over fifty higher education institutions and learned societies within the greater London area.

Archives and Manuscripts Database of the University of London Research Library Services

Catalogue of the archive and manuscript collections of the University of London Research Library Services. Coverage includes public health, health provision in former British colonies and medical education.

Archives Hub

A gateway to archive descriptions held in UK universities and colleges.

Bulletin of the History of Medicine

Official publication of the American Association for the History of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Institute of the History of Medicine.

Dental Cosmos: A Monthly Record of Dental Science

This was the first journal aimed at the American Dental Profession and ran from 1859 to 1936. The print run of the journal has now been digitised and is available on the website of the University of Michigan.

Discovery (National Archives)

A digital archive from The National Archives that provides access to electronic records from United Kingdom government departments. Featured in the database are records from the Department of Health including those produced by the inquiry into the management of care of children receiving complex heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. This is an evolving service so check regularly for new additions. Formerly Electronic Records Online.

Gray's Anatomy

1918 edition of Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body containing 1,247 engravings.

History of the Health Sciences Section, Medical Library Association

This site includes a large number of links to resources for the history of medicine.

Hospital Records Database

Information on the existence and location of the records of hospitals in the UK compiled as part of a joint project by the Wellcome Trust and the National Archives.

James Lind Library

A website created by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh that presents the work of researchers who pioneered the application of research methods designed to reduce biases in studies assessing the effects of health care, social care and education.

Literature, Arts and Medicine Database

This database from the New York University School of Medicine is a comprehensive resource in the medical humanities, where references to many aspects of medicine can be found in the areas of prose, poetry, film, video and art.

Medical History

Peer-reviewed journal publishing in all areas of the history of medicine and health. Free access to online content as far as 2011 is immediate. The journal is now being published by Cambridge Journals so this may change.

Plarr's Lives of the Fellows Online

A biographical register of the Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Plymouth Medical Society Historic Collection

Includes a digital collection of notes taken at a series of lectures given by John Hunter and made by the physician Dr John Clarke. Also features an online collection of historical medical images.

Researching a medical ancestor

Advice and links from the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Society of Apothecaries

Society offering various diplomas in specialist areas relating to medical sciences.


Online catalogue of the museum and archive collections at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

UK National Register of Archives

Information on the nature and location of manuscripts and historical records that relate to British history. "Find an archive" link is at the bottom of the page.

UNESCO Archives Portal

A portal offering access to websites of archives around the world and information on archives and records management.

Wellcome Images

The Wellcome Trust Medical Photographic Library has over 160,000 pictures covering the history of medicine and the history of human culture from ancient times to the present.

Wellcome Library

A search can give you references to BMJ and Lancet obituaries and other biographical information.

Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities (funding)

The medical humanities comprise a variety of disciplines that explore the social, historical and cultural dimensions of scientific knowledge, clinical practice and healthcare policy.

Biographical dictionary of medical eponyms. Contains thousands of eponyms linked to over 2,500 people.