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United States National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

About Us

The National Library of Medicine houses one of the world's largest history of medicine collections.  We collect, preserve, and make available to researchers and the public, print and non-print materials that document the history of medicine, health, and disease in all time periods and cultures.

We invite scholars, researchers, and the general public to explore our catalogs, finding aids, online exhibitions, and other resources on this Web site. Feel free to ask questions of our reference staff. We will do our best to help you find what you are looking for.

Elizabeth Fee, Ph.D., Chief

Our Mission
The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine collects, preserves, interprets, and presents materials documenting the history of medicine, biomedical science, health and disease in all time periods and cultures. It provides researchers and the public with access to manuscripts, books, photographs, films and other historical resources. The Division promotes, conducts, and facilitates scholarly research and public education through seminars, lectures, exhibitions, film programs, Web sites, databases, publications, catalogues, and finding guides.

Last reviewed: 04 April 2008
Last updated: 19 December 2007
First published: 30 April 2004
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