Many general medicinal texts contain treatments for particular parts of the body, for example the 16th-18th century recipe books. There are also examples from individuals and organisations who have researched parts of the body and how they relate to disease and illness. These materials date from the 14th century to the 21st century.
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Leech-books I (MS.404)
A set of 15th century medical receipts, with notes on astrological medicine, colours of urines, rules for diet, blood-letting, etc., written in English by several hands. Full catalogue description of the manuscripts.
Medical Research Council Blood Group Unit archive
The digitised archive of the Unit's research from 1927-1993 is freely available as part of the Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics online resource.
Papers of Robert Race and Ruth Sanger
The digitised archive of Sanger and Race's work on the genetics of blood grouping from 1939-1999 is freely available online as part of the Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics online resource.
The Ruffian on the Stair: CSI Victorian London
Archivist Chris Hilton unearths the story of a boy murdered to sell body parts to hospitals and dentists in London. From the Wellcome Library blog.
Archives sources guides
Our archivists have compiled extensive lists of material relating to anatomy and physiology. These in-depth sources guides provide access to the detailed information held in the Archives and Manuscripts catalogue.
Items can be requested from the catalogue in advance for viewing in the Library.
How to order material
All of the items in the Library's Archives and Manuscripts Collection must be requested from the closed stores for viewing in the Rare Materials Room. Find out more about request and delivery services.
Contact an archivist
To contact an archivist, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +44 (0)20 7611 8899 during Library opening hours.