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We are one of the world's major resources for the study of medical history. We also offer a growing collection of material relating to contemporary medicine and biomedical science in society.

Digitisation at the Wellcome Library

A naked athlete being electrified to show the effect of "Chanteclair" embrocation. By Michel Liebeaux. Credit: Wellcome Library, London

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A man flying in the air with wings and balloons attached to him. Coloured wood engraving.  Credit: Wellcome Library, London

Developing and caring for our collections

Hospital staff treating a casualty, Hospitals Centre Birmingham Credit: Wellcome Library, London

Jobs at Wellcome Library

The Four Gospels, 1495, the Evangelist dictating his Gospel to his pupil Prochoros. Credit: Wellcome Library, London

Library strategy and policy

One of twelve animals representing months and years, part of a chart indicating good and bad bloodletting days and when to guard against demons. Credit: Wellcome Library, London

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