Medical Images: Special Collections & Archives

Engraved heraldic dedication

Engraved heraldic dedication to Richard Mead, with skeletons, from : Anatomy improv’d and illustrated with regard to the uses thereof in designing. (London: John Senex, 1723). CC BY:SA Flickr User Liverpool HLS

A few months back my colleague Paul Duvall arranged for our Faculty photographer to capture some images from some of the medical texts from our Special Collections & Archives (SC&A). With my ‘open’ hat on, I thought it would be a good idea to share these images more openly – not only are some of them fascinating, but they can give us/medical students an idea as to how medicine was approached in years gone by.

As we all know, one of the biggest challenges in making such work available openly is convincing people that sharing the images is not only ok, but is a good thing. And convince them I did. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be, and furthermore, colleagues in SC&A have worked with us to add more specific meta data to the images (a big thanks to both Andrew Barker and Katy Hooper for that).

The 182 images have been made available via a Flickr account I’ve created and all images are under Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike (CC BY:SA). Hopefully that collection will grow a lot more over the course of this year!

I’ve embedded a slideshow of the SC&A set below, but head over to our Flickr account to see some of our other images from labs, vets and medicine.

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The Reed Diaries by Peter Reed is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License

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