A new digital collection launched this week on Manchester Digital Collections brings together an dynamic mix of items from our medical collections for the first time. The Library holds an outstanding collection of manuscript, print and archival material relating to the history of medicine, which offers a rich resource for medical humanities research and teaching, and for anyone interested in the history of human bodies and how our ideas of health and disease have changed over time.
From an extremely rare 16th-century English herbal to a 19th-century anatomical ‘flap-book’ intended for the use of midwives, these eleven items form the basis of a digital collection that will be expanded over time to reflect the diversity and extent of the Library medical holdings, which include over 70,000 printed items and archival and manuscript material from over 30 individual collections.
Find out more about our medical collections here. Some highlights are showcased below:
Explore these items in depth on Manchester Digital Collections and stay tuned for new additions from our medical collections.