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Historical archive of medical images goes online

The higher education ICT organisation Jisc and the Wellcome Library have set up a £1-million project that will give researchers access to a free online archive of 19th century medical texts.

The UK Medical Heritage Library has digitised more than 15 million pages of text and images encompassing consumer health, sport and fitness, diet and nutrition, as well as historic medical practices such as phrenology and hydrotherapy.

Wellcome has contributed its entire 19th century collection to the resource, which also includes content from the Royal College of Physicians of London, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Surgeons of England, University College London, the University of Leeds, the University of Glasgow, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, King’s College London and the University of Bristol.

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