Medicine in the Medieval West - HIST 356

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Reference works

Medical/disease terminology

Biographical sources

General background sources for history of medicine or medieval history

Article Indexes and Databases

History of medicine

  • History of Science, Technology and Medicine (HSTM): Journal articles, conference proceedings, books, book reviews, and dissertations in the history of medicine and allied fields, science and technology. NOTE: most of the historical medical entries date from 1991 to 2004, so be sure to use additional databases in conjunction to find additional older and more recent sources.
  • Subject Catalogue of the History of Medicine and Related Subjects (print book): Published by the Wellcome Library, includes items published between 1900-1978. Good to find earlier articles that may not be in HSTM.
  • LocatorPlus: Online catalogue of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), one of the most important collections of historical material and writings about the history of medicine. Contains records books and some book chapters and articles.
  • MEDLINE: From the NLM, a major bibliographic index of journal articles in medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, etc. going back to 1950s. TIP: Use the subjects filter in the sidebar to restrict results to "History of medicine".

Medieval history

General academic databases

  • Humanities Full Text (Wilson): Wide range of historical material, including medieval history. Material published before 1984 can be found by selecting Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective in the database selection area.
  • Web of Knowledge: Search for articles by topic, author, and source title, as well as by cited author and/or cited work.

Medical image databases


  • McGill has two library catalogues:
    • WorldCat contains the printed holdings in the various branches of the McGill Library, as well as audiovisual and electronic material, such as ebooks and ejournals, and links to secondary source databases. Also allows you to search holdings in other libraries. Can also search for individual articles in journal.
    • Classic Catalogue contains McGill's printed holdings, but is no longer updated for electronic resources. Contains sub-catalogues that can be useful for narrowing down your searches.
      • An easy way to narrow down printed books to only history of medicine (i.e. eliminate contemporary medical literature from your search results) is by searching in the Osler Library subcatalogue
      • Click the "Sub-catalogues" tab, then click "Osler Library of the History of Medicine" under the Libraries and Collections category
      • Run your search!

Research/writing resources and library info

Writing resources

Research resources

Library information


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