Work in progress….

Click on each subheading to see a list of resources…

History of Medicine Resources

Libraries & Museums

Wellcome library of medicinal history

Science Museum Dana Library

London Museums of Health & Medicine

Old Operating Theatre & Herb Garrett

‘The go-to-guide for [Greater London based] collections, libraries and expertise relating to the history of medicine.’

Online/digitised archives of herbal & medical books

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.

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.

U.S. Library of Medicine

National Library of Medicine historical collections include selected digitized material relating to the history of medicine.

Other herbal medicine resources

Other online resources – JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources. – Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 305 billion archived web pages.

Hathi Trust – Many old herbals are digitised here and nowhere else including Culpeper & Parkinson

Institute of Historical Research


NB: books with a # symbol, denotes the link is to a digitised online version

view via:  COMPLETE LIST (By Author) or narrow your search via category:

General books

Classical & Ancient (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.