A MAJOR NEW ON-LINE RESOURCE FOR THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE
The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine is pleased to announce that the Medical Archives and Manuscripts Survey (MAMS) will go on-line on April 2nd 2001.
MAMS provides a comprehensive and detailed guide to primary records for the history of medicine and health-care held in archives and libraries in greater London, for the period from 1600 to the mid-20th century. Survey reports can be browsed and searched at http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/mams.
The material recorded is broad in its scope. It includes papers generated by doctors and hospitals, both state and private; local authorities; businesses, from pharmaceuticals to quackery; and individual patients. “Medical history” has been interpreted widely: as well as the records of treatment and research, the survey records material on health-related matters such as nutrition, water supply and sewage disposal, the disposal of the dead and the health implications of housing; on alternative and unorthodox medicine; on anthropology relating to medical issues; and a range of related topics.
The survey of London represents stage one of the MAMS project. It is intended that coverage will be extended nationwide in a second stage of this project.
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