Work in progress….

Click on each subheading to see a list of resources…


Resources by era

General books


Classical (Pre 500 CE)

Medieval to Renaissance (500 CE to 1500 CE)

Early Modern period (1500 CE to 1800CE)

Modern period (1800 CE to present day)


This is not an exhaustive list, feel free to email us with suggestions.

Libraries, museums & online resources

Libraries & Museums

Wellcome library of medicinal history

Science Museum Dana Library

London Museums of Health & Medicine

Old Operating Theatre & Herb Garrett


Online/digitised archives of herbal & medical books can often be found, free, on one of the following sites:

Henriette Kress – Classic Herbal/Eclectic texts

One of the largest herbal medicine sites on the net, with useful resources including digitised and transcribed historic texts . It’s been online since 1995, and is run by Henriette Kress, a herbalist in Helsinki, Finland.

Medical Heritage Library

National Library of Medicine

U.S. Library of Medicine

Hathi Trust


Other online resources

Research resources in medical history‘ (PDF)

PDF listing UK based medical history research grants awarded to libraries, museums, collections etc granted by the Wellcome Trust 2000-2012. Useful document to see various places & projects involved in history of medicine.

Institute of Historical Research

other herbal resources

Journals & societies


Pharmaceutical Historian (Open Access)

Bulletin of the History of Medicine (Open Access)

Medical History Journal (Open Access)

Journal of the History of Medicine & Allied Sciences & Some selected accessible back copies HERE

Journal of Herbal Medicine

European Journal of Herbal medicine

Isis: The journal of the History of Science Society

Historical Societies

British Society for the History of Pharmacy (BSHP)

British Society for the History of Science (BSHS)

Institute of Historical Research (IHR)