New search and display capabilities at the National Library of Medicine’s Images from the History of Medicine (IHM) site enhance researchers’ capacity to inspect and compare images. Researchers can browse the IHM’s 70,000 images in multi-image display, download high resolution copies, zoom in on details, move images into a defined workspace for further manipulation, and create media groups for presenting and sharing them electronically.
The IMH collection is one of the world’s largest databases of images of medicine, dentistry, public health, the health professions, and health institutions. It includes portraits, photographs, caricatures, genre scenes, posters, and graphic art illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine. There are also illustrations from the historical book collection, and newly acquired posters and other materials are continually being added.