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AARS Goldminer

"ARRS GoldMiner® provides instant access to 240,117 radiological images published in 262 selected peer-reviewed journals. You can search by findings, anatomy, imaging technique, and patient age and sex." This search engine specifically deals with medical vocabulary, and works like a Google image search. There is no browsing feature, but the site features its "top 40" images and the weeks most viewed images. As this site pulls content from other websites, please review the copyright information for each image before using it.


Anatomical plates from the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto, "This collection features approximately 4500 full page plates and other significant illustrations of human anatomy selected from the Jason A. Hannah and Academy of Medicine collections in the history of medicine at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto. Each illustration has been fully indexed using medical subject headings (MeSH), and techniques of illustration, artists, and engravers have been identified whenever possible. There are ninety-five individual titles represented, ranging in date from 1522 to 1867." Images may be searched and browsed, and users can also view highlights. Materials may be used under fair use guidelines.

AnatQuest: Anatomic Images

This database hosts images of human anatomy from the U.S. National Library of Medicine's Visible Human Project. Included are images of male cadaver cross sections, 3-dimensional surface renderings, as well as color photographs. The collection mostly contains images pertaining to the male chest region. Users can browse through the collection by selecting from cross section or cut away images.

Digital Clendering

From the University of Kansas Medical Center, Digital Clendering contains links to eight different medical collections. For the purposes of this wiki, the most important collections would be the rare text images collection, the Ralph Major photographs collection, the portrait collection, the Japanese medical prints collection, and the Chinese public health posters collection. However, Digital Clendering describes their most popular collection as the Florence Nightengale letters collection. The collections are all organized slightly differently , but all seem to contain high quality images with descriptions attatched. Educational use is encouraged.


The University of Texas at Austin has put together this extensive and interactive site about skeletons. "eSkeletons provides an interactive environment in which to examine and learn about skeletal anatomy. The purpose of this site is to enable you to view the bones of both human and non-human primates and to gather information about them from our osteology database." This is a fun website which enables users to select the skeleton of a primate, and by scrolling his or her mouse over selected bones, view the name of that bone. Images are available for non-commercial use.

Hardin Library's Medical and Disease Pictures

This is a metasite featuring links to pictures of diseases. Organized by the name of the condition, users can click on a disease and be taken to a page containing links to pictures of it. As this is not a collection in itself, please to sure to doublecheck copyright polities for each image that you wish to use.

Health on the Net Foundation

HON is an NGO in consultation with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. "HONmedia is an unique repository of over 6'800 medical images and videos, pertaining to 1,700 topics and themes. This peerless database has been created manually by HON and new image links are constantly being added from the world-wide Web. HON encourages users to make their own image links available via the "Submit an image" service (above)." Users can either search HONmedia or browse by theme. Images and movies are good quality.

Health Education Assets Library (HEAL)

The combined work of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) and the Health Education Assets Library, "HEAL is a digital repository that allows medical educators to discover, download, and re-use over 22,000 medical education resources. Through generous funding by IAMSE, HEAL is becoming a dynamic, user-centered digital environment to allow medical educators to share and discuss teaching resources and methods. This is being accomplished through the incorporation of key characteristics of Web 2.0 technologies into HEAL including user reviews of resources and user tagging (searchable keywords) of resources." With over 22,000 resources, this collection is extensive and well organized. Users can search or browse by subject, collection, or the top 10 user tags and resources. In addition to images, this site contains tutorials via powerpoint, animations, and video.

Historical Anatomies on the Web

From the National Library of Medicine, Historical Anatomies on the Web" is a digital project designed to give internet users acess to high quality images from important anatomical atlases in the Library's collection. The project offers seleced images from MNL's atlas collection, not the entire books, with am emphasis on images and not texts. Atlases and images are seleced promarily for their historical and artistic significange, with priority placed upon the earliest and/or the best edition of a work in NLM's possession."To find images, users can browse by book title.

Human Anatomy Online

From SUNY Downstate, this dissection manual holds a collection of images pertaining to human anatomy. Images are separated based on anatomical region, and users can browse the collection by selecting an area of the body to find more specific images on. Also included are images at various points during dissection.

National Cancer Institute Visuals Online

"NCI Visuals Online contains images from the collections of the Office of Communications and Education and Office of Media Relations, National Cancer Institute. Contents include general biomedical and science-related images, cancer-specific scientific and patient care-related images, and portraits of directors and staff of the National Cancer Institute. Visuals Online currently provides public access to 2,321 images. " The image are very high quality and well orgaized. In addition, users can add images to their own personalized "lightbox."

Public Health Image Library (PHIL)

"Much of the information critical to the communication of public health messages is pictorial rather than text-based. Created by a Working Group at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the PHIL offers an organized, universal electronic gateway to CDC's pictures. We welcome public health professionals, the media, laboratory scientists, educators, students, and the worldwide public to use this material for reference, teaching, presentation, and public health messages. The content is organized into hierarchical categories of people, places, and science, and is presented as single images, image sets, and multimedia files." In the advanced search field, users can search by copyright permissions. Uncheck the copyright restriced box for free and fair use images. There is no browse feature, but the media is high quality and users can develop their own personal collections within the site.

United States National Library of Medicine Historical Collections

"The Prints and Photographs Collection contains approximately 100,000 images dating from the 15th to the 21st century. The collection includes portraits, photographs, caricatures, genre scenes, posters, and graphic art illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine. Most types of printmaking are represented: woodcuts, engravings, etchings, mezzotints, aquatints, and lithographs. Also included in the collection are illustrations from the historical book collection. The collection is administered by the NLM History of Medicine Division (HMD). The collection's strength lies in its pre-World War II materials. Areas of concentration include portraits of health professionals and biomedical scientists; views of health institutions, such as hospitals and medical schools; fine prints with medically related themes; and images reproduced from the Library's rare book and manuscript collections. There are smaller numbers of illustrations of anatomy, medical techniques, and diseases, chiefly derived from rare book illustrations, such as Andreas Vesalius' De Humani Corporis Fabrica. Subjects include medieval astrology, World War I hospitals, international efforts to overcome drug abuse, and sexually transmitted diseases, among others. Of particular note is the fine prints collection, numbering more than 3,000 items, including several hundred caricatures on medically related subjects by Honoré Daumier, George Cruikshank, Thomas Rowlandson, and Louis Léopold Boilly. The poster collection of approximately 12,000 items includes representative examples of historical and contemporary posters dealing with public health issues, such as AIDS, smoking, illicit drugs, and sexually transmitted diseases, as well as several hundred posters documenting activities at NIH." Users can access this collection though the image database, which is hosted on the luna platform. To download images, click on the 'export' button in the upper right.

Wellcome Images - 2000 Years of Human Culture

"Wellcome Images is one of the world's richest and most unique collections, with themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science. All our images are available on demand in digital form. Search online or use the expertise of our professional scientific and historical researchers. Whether it's medicine or magic, the sacred or the profane, science or satire - you'll find more than you expect. This unrivalled collection contains historical images from the Wellcome Library collections, Tibetan Buddhist paintings, ancient Sanskrit manuscripts written on palm leaves, beautifully illuminated Persian books and much more. The Biomedical Collection holds over 40 000 high-quality images from the clinical and biomedical sciences. Selected from the UK's leading teaching hospitals and research institutions, it covers disease, surgery, general healthcare, sciences from genetics to neuroscience including the full range of imaging techniques." Users can browse or search the collection, or looks though other user's favorites. Images are very high quality, and are available to use for non-commercial purposes.

Yale Image Finder

Yale Image finder is an openly accesable search engine for finding biomedical images in PubMed central. Currently there is about 514,000 images avaialble for use. Users are presented with a search box with gives the option of searching for high recall, high presicion, captions, titles, abstracts, and full text. There are no browse featues. The site also gives users some sample queries, with includes boolean operators. Osteopath Glasgow