Following careful consideration of the current course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to close Wellcome Collection.
We have made this decision in the interests of the health and wellbeing of our staff, service partners, tenants, contractors and visitors.
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Chart showing temperature and mortality of London for every week of 11 years, 1840-50. Printed reproduction, by William Farr.
Credit: Wellcome Library, London
The Medical Collection contains printed works of medical and scientific literature published from the 15th century to the present day, including rare books and ephemera.
The collection contains rare books, ephemera and other primary source material of many different sorts including:
Many of the works are aimed at medical and health practitioners, reflecting a variety of medical traditions, past and present. The subjects covered include all aspects of medical science and practice:
Besides medicine, there are varied holdings in allied scientific and historical subjects such as:
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Materials from the Medical Collection can be found on the open shelves in the Library and on request from closed stores. You can request closed stores items in advance of your visit.
For more information about the Medical Collection: email email@example.com or phone +44 (0)20 7611 8722 during Library opening hours.
Works printed in Europe from the dawn of printing to 1850, from the great names in medical history to popular remedies.
Material reflecting changing medical culture, including public health leaflets, advertising, product packaging and stamps.
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