Pictured: The base of the brain with part of the medulla oblongata, the blood vessels injected with wax, and the cerebellum (Table XII, figs 1-2), after Cowper in Ridley (1695); the foetal heart, the larynx and the viscera (Table XIII), after an etching by G. Vandergucht in Cheselden (1740) Etching by I. Basire, 1743. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY Image has been altered by Meghan Boyd, 2019.
This guide was created to serve anyone with an interest in human anatomy, pathology, and medical history. While there are resources here pertaining to learning, researching, and professional development in these fields, this guide also puts a special focus on finding rare and historic images and texts for those interested in the history of anatomy and medicine.
Note: This guide was created with the hope of serving anyone regardless of institution. However, links to certain databases and journals may only be accessible to students of the University of Rhode Island. If you are not a student of the University of Rhode Island, I encourage you to check with your associated library to see if these databases are also available for your use.
Don't have time to go through this guide? Here are a few of your best bets for quick information:
The American Association for Anatomy
Professional Development | Current Data & Statistics
The Wellcome Collection
Freely Licensed Historical Images | Digitized Historical Texts
The Anatomy Zone (YouTube Channel)
Instructional Anatomy Videos, average length of 6-8 minutes
Citing sources and keeping track of information can be difficult. Yet it is necessary to avoid plagiarism and other intellectual property crimes. Take a look at the following links to best decide your needs. When in doubt, ASK! You can also consult your library for help on citing sources and proper formatting.
Hi there! I'm a librarian-in-training pursuing my MLIS at the University of Rhode Island. My interest in the human body began with studies of anatomical drawings as an art history student. This interest deepened when I began volunteering as a docent at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia in 2010. Since then, my interests have mostly developed in the fields of medical history, death, mourning practices, and medical abnormalities.
While anatomy is a complex and rich subject, I hope this guide is useful in providing learning and research resources that are somewhat outside of the normal scope.