New History of Medicine Website

The Science Museum, London launched a new website today called “Brought to Life.” The site provides a new history of medicine resource that includes 2,500 images from the Science Museum’s collection as well as descriptions of numerous individuals, technologies, objects, and themes from medicine’s history. According to the announcement made on the H-Net listserv for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology, the website is scheduled to receive another 4,000 images over the coming year.

A feature that may be of interest to AHP readers is the ability to “save” your favourite images in a section called “My Collection.”

For professors there are a number of tools for both you and your students, including tools to create handouts and quizzes, ideas for various classroom activities and even a few “virtual patients” your students can “diagnose” differently depending on the selected time period.

Although I have to admit some personal disappointment regarding the lack of inclusion of asylum-related material (I got excited about the subject-heading “Hospitals” only to find out that it deals primarily with general hospitals) the site includes a number of pages that may be of general interest to AHP readers. A few selections include:






Tuskegee Syphilis Study

Harvey Cushing

Hôtel Dieu

About Jennifer Bazar

Jennifer Bazar is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care. Her research focuses on the history of psychiatric institutionalization.