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Dying for a smoke. Animated cartoon, 1967.
Credit: Wellcome Library, London
Film and sound recordings vividly bring the history of medicine to life. Find out more about what's available and where to find it.
This selection of over 600 digitised films and recordings from the Library’s Moving Image and Sound Collection covers all aspects of 20th century healthcare and medicine, as well as offering fascinating insights into social and cultural history. The earliest sound recordings are from even earlier, for example Florence Nightigale speaking at the end of the 19th century. Topics covered include:
Browse the catalogue: filmsall the digitised films are available in the catalogue
Browse the catalogue: sound recordingsall the digitised sound recordings are available in the catalogue
Moving Image and Sound Collection YouTube channela selection of digitised films is available on YouTube along with thematic playlists
Wellcome Library stream on SoundCloud (optimised for IE10+ and other modern browsers)a selection of our sound recordings
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