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Explore the History of Stanford Medicine


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We have thousands of images in a variety of formats.

Our Flickr collections are covered by a Creative Commons license. We require a credit line, "Stanford Medical History Center." For online displays, the credit line must be a link to the History Center.

The Stanford Medical History Center has many thousands of images beyond those on Flickr. The History Center is equipped with a digital imaging station so you can reproduce images from our collections. You are also welcome to use your own digital camera.

Rare Books

The Stanford Medical History Center has a treasure trove of over 7,600 rare books related to health care going back to the 13th century.

The rare and fragile state of these books requires that they not circulate. However, they are available to be viewed on-site. For most of our materials researchers are welcome to use History Center's digitization equipment to reproduce the content.

This collection includes:

  • herbals
  • illustrated anatomies
  • guides for midwives
  • historical medical dictionaries
  • English, German, French, Latin, Arabic, Italian, and many other languages

To find books, use Lane Library catalog, click the "limits" icon , limit your search to specific years of publication (e.g., 1500-1600, or up to 1725).

Institutional Records

The Stanford Medical History Center has selected inactive administrative records from:

  • Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Stanford Hospital and Clinics
  • Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
  • Allied Arts Guild
  • Cooper Medical College (predecessor institution)
  • Stanford School of Nursing

Some records may be restricted to researchers for legal or other reasons.

Other Image Resources

Permissions to use these images varies depending upon the institution managing the collections.

Contact Historical Curator

Drew Bourn
  • Drew Bourn, PhD, MLIS, CAP logo CAP profile
  • 650-725-8045
School of Medicine