[Humanist] 26.894 the Medical Heritage Library

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 894.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:29:55 -0400
        From: "Clutterbuck, Hanna" <Hanna_Clutterbuck at hms.harvard.edu>
        Subject: The Medical Heritage Library Welcomes New Content Contributors!

Good morning!

The Medical Heritage Library (www.medicalheritage.org; MHL) is pleased to announce two new content contributors: the History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group at the School of History, Queen Mary University of London, and the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library at Emory University.

Please read on for excerpts from the blog posts announcing the new contributors, co-authored by Hanna Clutterbuck (MHL); Alan Yabsley (HMBRG); and Chris Palazzolo (Emory).

The History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group was established in 1990 as the Wellcome Trust’s History of Twentieth Century Medicine Group. In October 2010 it moved to the School of History, Queen Mary University of London, where it is supported by a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award to Professor Tilli Tansey. In developing and strengthening links between members of the biomedical research community and medical historians, the Group played – and continues to play – a prominent role in promoting and facilitating the study of the history of twentieth-century medicine and medical science by encouraging the creation and deposit of material sources for use by present and future historians.

Items the Group has contributed to MHL include 45 Witness Seminars, at which 20th century medical figures were invited to discuss and comment on significant discoveries or events in recent medical history.  The latest of these, ‘Palliative Medicine in the UK c.1970–2010’, has just been published.  Also covered are topics as diverse as the discovery of monoclonal antibodies, obstetric ultrasound and Rhesus factor; the development of specialties such as medical physics, intensive care and clinical pharmacology, and advances in asthma, psychopharmacology, cancer treatment and haemophilia. Participants have included Nobel Laureates, scientists and clinicians, in addition to technicians, funders, journalists and patients.  Furthermore, the ‘Today’s Neuroscience, Tomorrow’s History’ oral history series, which features video recordings with prominent neuroscientists talking about their lives and work, has also been donated to MHL.

The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library at Emory University is pleased to contribute digitized versions of over 180 titles selected from our Historical Collection to the MHL. Many scholars find these additions valuable for learning and research. Individual volumes in DiscoverE will include a link to these volumes.

Our collection contains classics of medicine such as a 1785 edition of William Buchan’s "Domestic Medicine," Richard Bright’s three-volume work "Reports of Medical Cases," an 1835 edition of the "Works" of John Hunter, an 1848 edition of John Eberle’s work on "Diseases of Children," volumes from the 3rd edition and 4th edition (corrected) of Benjamin Bell’s "A System of Surgery," and the first volume of a 1751 edition of Herman Boerhaave’s "Praelectiones academicae in proprias Institutiones rei medicae." The collection also includes 18th and 19th century works on pathology, human anatomy, surgery and midwifery.

Lesser-known authors are also represented in the collection, including works on 19th century medical photography by George Henry Fox and L.B.V. Wooley, and publications on alternative medical practices, including homeopathy, hydropathy, the movement cure, and phrenology. The collection also includes works published in the U.S. South, such as the 1844 edition of Simon B. Abbott’s "The Southern botanic physician," and Georgia author Seaborn Freeman Salter’s 1883 version of "Principles and practice of American medicine and surgery."

Many thanks to the Digital Curation Center at Woodruff Library for digitizing these materials and uploading them to the Internet Archive.  Particular thanks goes to Bonnie Jean Woolger, who handled the digitization and processing of the digital files and to Matt Miller, at Health Sciences, who assessed and prepared the collection for digitization.

The Medical Heritage Library (MHL) is a content centered digital community supporting research, education, and dialog that enables the history of medicine to contribute to a deeper understanding of human health and society.  It serves as the point of access to a valuable body of quality curated digital materials and to the broader digital and nondigital holdings of its members. It was established in 2010 with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation via the Open Knowledge Common to digitize 30,000 medical rare books. MHL principal contributors are Johns Hopkins University, New York Academy of Medicine, the New York Public Library, and the Wellcome Library. The MHL has since grown to include content contributors Duke University, the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Lamar Soutter Library, the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library at the University of California, San Francisco, Brandeis University, and the Gerstein Science Information Centre, University of Toronto.

Thank you!

-Hanna Clutterbuck
Processing Assistant,
Center for the History of Medicine,
Project Coordinator,
Medical Heritage Library (http://www.medicalheritage.org/)
Hanna_Clutterbuck at hms.harvard.edu

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