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Oxford’s Google books available on SOLO

Bodleian Libraries books digitised for the the Google Books project can now be accessed via SOLO, the library catalogue.

front page of Commentarii de Senatu RomanoAbout the project
In 2004, Oxford University entered into partnership with Google to scan the Bodleian Libraries’ out-of-copyright holdings, in particular those from the 19th century. The initial phase of this work completed in the summer of 2009, with several hundred thousand of our books being scanned and made available via Google Books (http://books.google.com/).

Items were selected solely on their copyright status and suitability for scanning, and the works that have been digitized cover a wide range of languages, disciplines, and genres. They include Alfred Franklin’s Les Chirurgiens and Ernest Godard’s Egypte et Palestine: Observations medicales et scientifiques

Accessing digitised copies via SOLO in 2 steps
1.   A search on SOLO will normally produce a list of “brief-display” results.  If there is a digitized copy associated with a record, as in this example, a line will be added saying:
*** Digitized copy available – see Details tab for link ***

screenshot of SOLO

2.  Clicking on the title of a bibliographic record found in SOLO or on its Details tab will display the whole record.  If the digitized version is available, it will be indicated by a link on the right-hand side saying: View digitized copy (PDF) of… followed by the name of the holding library and the shelfmark of the physical copy that was scanned. Clicking on this link will download the file.

More to come
Further work is planned to enable the text in digitized copies to be search and to make it possible to cut and paste text from the files.   Additional copies are due to be added to SOLO in the future, once they have been processed by Google.

Related links: SOLO | Oxford’s digitised books | Google Books

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Medicine in the Americas, 1619-1914: A Digital Library

Medicine in the Americas is a digital library project that makes freely available original works demonstrating the evolution of American medicine from colonial frontier outposts of the 17th century to research hospitals of the 20th century.

Drawing on the collections of NLM’s History of Medicine Division and including works from the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada, this initial release of Medicine in the Americas encompasses monographs dating from 1610 to 1865. Additional titles, dating up to 1920 and drawing further upon NLM’s comprehensive collection of early American printed books and journals, will be available on an ongoing basis in the future.

Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives & Museum Services

The Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum was established in 1967 as the Archives Department of the Bethlem Royal Hospital and the Maudsley Hospital.  It now houses art and historical collections spanning many centuries which are of unique interest and importance in the field of mental health.  These include the archives of Bethlem Hospital (the original ‘Bedlam’, founded in 1247) and the Maudsley and Warlingham Park Hospitals; an outstanding collection of paintings and drawings, including works by Richard Dadd, Louis Wain, Jonathan Martin, and William Kurelek; the statues of ‘Raving and Melancholy Madness’ from the gates of 17th century Bethlem; and many other documents and artefacts of historic and artistic significance.

The website is under continuous development.  Its aim is to make the collections more accessible, and to provide accurate information to help in their interpretation.

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Darwin Correspondence Project

On this site you can read and search the full texts of more than 6000 of Darwin’s letters, and find information on 9,000 more. All are being published in the complete edition of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin (F. Burkhardt et al. eds, Cambridge University Press). Available here are complete transcripts of all known letters Darwin wrote and received up to the year 1867, originally published in volumes 1 to 15 of the Correspondence.  More will be added following print publication.

Sir Francis Galton F.R.S: 1822-1911

Galton.org collects online all of Galton’s original published work, including all his books, papers and other published work.  The complete, definitive biography by Karl Pearson is provided here, as are contemporary reviews of, and commentary on, Galton’s work. There is a substantial gallery of photographs and portraits of Galton, and concise overviews of his major areas of interest are provided.

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The Medical Heritage Libray

The MHL is a collaboration of major research libraries in the United States, including the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, the National Library of Medicine, the Columbia Library of Health Sciences, and the College of Physicians in Philadelphia.

They digitize and make available through the Internet Archive a wide range of materials pertaining to the history of medicine, including texts on military medicine, general surgery and surgical history, spiritualism, sanitation, hygiene, tropical medicine, medical jurisprudence, psychology, gynecology, phrenology, crimes, criminology, electrotherapeutics, climatology, and homeopathy.

There is also a very interesting companion blog about the MHL.

History of Vaccines – A Project of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia

The College has created The History of Vaccines to provide a living, changing chronicle of the compelling history of vaccination, from pre-Jennerian variolation practices, to the defeat of polio in the Western Hemisphere, to cutting-edge approaches to novel vaccines and vaccine delivery. The site aims to increase public knowledge and understanding of the ways in which vaccines, toxoids, and passive immunization work, how they have been developed, and the role they have played in the improvement of human health.

The site also discusses some of the controversies about vaccination and some of the challenges, difficulties, and tragic events that have occurred in the use of vaccines.

Much of the historical material that appears on The History of Vaccines comes from The College’s Historical Medical Library and its wealth of rare books, medical journals, manuscripts, and archives.

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Mental Hygiene, Social Hygiene collection on Scientifica

The Scientifica project places online, French language works from the Old Books Collection of the Library for Science and Industry, published from the end of the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th.
The most recently digitised collection on Scientifica is:

“Mental Hygiene, Social Hygiene”
One hundred and twenty-six holdings – this selection expands online materials in the fields of psychology and psychiatry in the following categories: “Phrenology,” “The Theory of Degenerescene” and “Women and Sexuality in the 19th century.”

Scientifica also prospectively announces: “The Children’s Corner” scientific books and albums for children, and “The Curiosity Cabinet” a representative anthology of the library’s diverse sources on science and technology.