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Images in Biomedicine

Whether you need to find an image for a school assignment, a presentation, or some other reason, the resources below identify great collections where images and permissions to use them can be obtained. To locate books with images, search online library catalogs for the subject headings Medicine in Art (LC and MeSH), Photography (MeSH), Health Pictorial Works Exhibitions or Documentary Photography Exhibitions (LC). Speak with an experienced reference librarian to expand or narrow your search.

Internet Resources

Images from the History of Medicine: National Library of Medicine
Order selected images from Light, Inc.

Profiles in Science: National Library of Medicine
Growing collection of the papers of luminaries in biomedicine, both clinical and research areas. Here you can find family photographs, scanned manuscripts, finding aids, and much more.

Images from the History of Chemistry
Site provides online access to the Edgar Fahs Smith Collection of Alchemy, Metallurgy, and Pharmacy from the University of Pennsylvania. Easy searching, ordering, and copyright and permissions are available from this site.

Historical Images in Medicine from the Duke University Medical Library
Duke’s collections include more than 3,000 photographs, illustrations, engravings, and bookplates from the history of the health and life sciences.

Wellcome Library
Home to one of the world's greatest collections of books, manuscripts, archives, films, and paintings on the history of medicine from the earliest times to the present day.

NCI Visuals Online
Contains images from the Office of Communications of the National Cancer Institute, divided into a variety of classifications, including causes, people, portraits, and more.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Health Learning Center at 312-926-5465 or HLC@nmh.org.

Last UpdateMarch 5, 2012