History of Medicine
Welcome to the The Leo J. McCarthy M.D. History of Medicine Room
About the Resources
- The Ruth Lilly Medical Library special collections emphasizes the practice of medicine in the 19th century Indiana and other Midwestern states.
- The collections books range from the 15th Century to the 20th Century and beyond.
- The collection numbers 1,600+ titles with most of the titles from post-1800.
- The strength of the collection is in the serials. Approximately 400 titles are pre-1900, 210 being American imprints and 76 Midwestern American imprints.
- The collection seeks to support the study of 19th and 20th centuries everyday medicine and surgery.
- Other resources include representative medical instruments and a file index to Indiana medical obituaries.
- The historical collection of medical books and journals is a state resource
- Educational outreach programs publicize it throughout the state.
- Medical historical reference services available to all via the Ask a Question reference services
- Physician history researched and genealogical consultations available.
- Consultation available for non-profit Indiana groups concerning medical book, instruments, etc.
Resources from Ruth Lilly Medical Library (RLML)
- Ruth Lilly Medical Library Historical and Biographical Databases (Featuring the 19th-20th Century Indiana Physicians Biographical Database and the Union Civil War Surgeons Database)
- RLML Special Collections Online Exhibits Galleries
- John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Society
- Dr. Leo J. McCarthy and the History of Transfusion Medicine
Presenter: Michael A. Flannery
How do medicinal virtues turn into public vice? Discover the process from therapeutic to “recreational” drug use in American culture.
This presentation is in conjunction with the traveling National Library of Medicine Exhibit, Pick your Poison.
Thursday, October 27, 2016 12-1:15pm, 1st Floor, Dean's Tower
Registration is not required but is recommended. Lunch will be provided.
Monday-Friday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Special Hours may be scheduled.