New website brings history of medicine into 21st century
Wendy Moore London
Images of 2500 objects from the history of medicine, ranging from Roman votive statues to René Laennec’s stethoscope, have been made available online in a £1m (€1.1m; $1.4m) multimedia project launched by the Science Museum in London this week.
The Brought to Life website (www.sciencemuseum.org.uk), funded by the Science Museum and the Wellcome Trust, features rarely seen artefacts from the massive collection created by the American born philanthropist Henry Wellcome.
Aimed primarily at secondary school pupils and at undergraduate students researching medical history, the site is divided into 10 themes, including surgery, public health, and hospitals, but it also provides biographies of key people in the history of medicine and interactive displays. Ultimately it will feature 4000 artefacts.
“This will probably become the most read medical history textbook in the world,” said Robert Bud, principal curator of medicine at the Science Museum.
Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b900