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Center for the History of Medicine

Enabling the history of medicine to inform contemporary medicine and society

The Center for the History of Medicine enables the history of medicine to inform contemporary medicine and deepens our understanding of the society in which medicine is embedded. One of the world's leading resources for the study of the history of health and medicine, the Center attracts a global audience of researchers to its integrated collections of rare books, journals, archives, manuscripts, artifact collections, and visual, sound, and moving image works. Our public programs, exhibits, initiatives, and content curation activities are directed to a diverse audience of health professionals, students, academic researchers, and the general public and derive strength of purpose from the Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston Medical Library, and Longwood Medical and Academic Area communities.

Visit our online digital collections site, OnView, to browse digital exhibits, documents, photographs, museum objects, and more.

Visit our blog to learn more about collections, events, and initiatives; follow us on Twitter @HarvardHistMed; and join our Mailing List.