Wednesday, April 30, 2008

New history resources from the National Library of Medicine

Passing along the announcement of two new online resources for the history of medicine from Michael North, Head of Rare Books & Early Manuscripts in the National Library of Medicine's History of Medicine Division. Both are very interesting, and worth checking out:


The History of Medicine Division of the NLM is excited to announce two
new websites focusing on the Bathtub collection and genealogical resources.

The Bathtub collection consists of fragments found in the old and rare
bindings of the NLM’s rare book collection when items were rebound and
conserved in the 1940s and 1950s. It is called the “Bathtub Collection”
because then-curator Dorothy Schullian took the leftovers of
conservation work home and soaked them in her bathtub to retrieve the
often interesting bits and pieces of medieval manuscripts and early
printed ephemera she found. Please visit the site at:

NLM is also home to numerous genealogical resources for those seeking
information about ancestors with medical or health related training.
Among these is the AMA Deceased Physicians Card File, a collection of
nearly 400,000 index cards created by the AMA between about 1901 and
1969 focusing on everyone in the U.S. who received a medical degree.
The cards were updated throughout the physician’s career with
information about degrees obtained, licensing, addresses and finally
cause of death and sometimes obituary citations and even portraits.
Please visit the site at:


OHSU patrons please note that the university's copy of the printed Directory of deceased American physicians, 1804-1929 is available in the reference section in the Main Library.

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