Medical Heritage Library

The Medical Heritage Library (MHL) is a digital repository whose aim is to promote free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine and health care. MHL is a collaborative effort of some of the world’s leading medical libraries, including The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at Yale University, The New York Academy of Medicine, and many others.

The MHL’s growing collection includes thousands of digitized rare medical books, pamphlets, full journal runs back to the 19th century, and films, with representative works from the past six centuries. All of these are freely available through the Internet Archive. This massive digitalization project allows researchers to take advantage of this tremendous resource from their desktops.

For additional information about the Medical Heritage Library, contact Jonathon Erlen at

*Parts of this article were reprinted from The Medical Heritage Library.

~ Jonathon Erlen