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History of Medicine Reading Room

History of Medicine Reading Room

The History of Medicine Division (HMD) holds all book-length material in the NLM printed before 1914, thousands of later pamphlets and dissertations, and all pre-1871 journals. In addition, HMD holds a number of early western, modern and Arabic and Persian manuscripts; historical audiovisuals, including films, videocassettes, slide-tape programs, film strips, and audiocassettes produced between 1910 to present; and approximately 59,000 prints and photographs, including portraits, pictures of institutions, caricatures, genre scenes, and fine graphic art.

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