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The Center for the History of Medicine stewards an integrated collection comprised of rare books and journals, manuscripts, archives, visual materials, and museum objects that enable researchers to contextualize and understand the history of human health care and scientific medical development.

The Center houses one of the world's leading collections in the history of health care and medicine, with strong holdings in virtually every medical discipline, including anatomy, anesthesiology, cardiology, dentistry, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and surgery, and a variety of popular medicine topics as well as public health subjects. The Center offers access to the personal and professional papers of prominent American physicians and is the institutional repository for the records of Harvard Medical School (founded 1782), Harvard School of Dental Medicine (founded 1867), and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (founded 1922). The Center also manages and interprets the historical and current collections of the Warren Anatomical Museum (founded 1847).
In addition to the resources available on the Center's website, researchers are invited to browse digitized items from the Center's collections via OnView.