Welcome to the History of Medicine Library.
RACP History of Medicine Course 2013
The library holds approximately 40,000 items covering all aspects of medical history, with a comprehensive focus on Australian material. The collection covers monographs, journals, artworks, manuscripts, photographs, correspondence and antique medical instruments. Much of the material is rare and unique.
The History of Medicine Library is involved in a wide range of activities which includes a Lecture Series, the College Roll, a quarterly Newsletter, publications, and various initiatives involving the research activities of the College.
Fellows and Trainees of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) are welcome to use the History of Medicine Library and membership is also available to the general public.
All Fellows and Trainees are welcome to use the History of Medicine Library. Membership is also available to the general public. Because of the Library's layout, and the small number of staff, it is preferable to make an appointment.
We can provide historical information, from background to lectures, published papers or books. Our staff will search electronic and printed sources for you, or refer you to resources that you can access.
Fellows, Trainees and members may borrow items from the Library, except those which are rare, fragile or published before 1850.
Photocopying of material from the collection can be performed by staff. Charges may apply.
Presentations devoted to exploring the history and development of medicine. Transcripts of Library Lectures will also be added after the lecture has taken place.
A Catalogue of Books (chiefly medical) printed before 1801, now in the History of Medicine Library.