Welcome to the Tisch Library guide to resources for Classics 176: Seminar in Ancient Medicine. Use the table of contents below to find key resources for completing your assignments in this class. If you don't find what you are looking for or need help navigating this guide or any of the resources it contains, don't hesitate to contact your librarian!.
Cambridge World History of Human Disease. R131.C233 1993 (print encyclopedias and dictionaries)
Encyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence. RA649 .E53 2001 (print encyclopedias and dictionaries)
Dictionary of Scientific Biography. 18 vols. Q141.D5 (print biographical dictionary)
Bibliography of the History of Medicine. No.1-, 1965-. Z6660.B582 (print bibliography)
LOCATORPlus (online catalog)
L'Année Philologique (online index)
WorldCat (online catalog)
Background sources provide context for your search. Specialized scholarly encyclopedias can be a good way to get an overview of an unfamiliar topic or an unfamiliar aspect of a topic. Specialized scholarly dictionaries can help you learn the jargon for your topic. Both are written by experts and both often have references to suggested reading.
Online Encyclopedias & Dictionaries:
The Oxford Classical Dictionary, 4th Edition
Oxford University Press, 2012
Essential reference for the classical era.
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Paleopathology
Cambridge University Press, 2011
Major reference work for the identification of disease in human remains.
The Oxford Illustrated Companion to Medicine
Oxford University Press, 2006
Detailed attention is given to the historical development of medicine.
Dictionary of the History of Science
Princeton University Press, 1981
Dictionary of the concepts or ideas that characterize the core features of recent Western science. Focuses on the last 5 centuries.
The Merck Index
Royal Society of Chemistry, 2013
For over 120 years The Merck Index has been regarded as the most authoritative and reliable source of information on chemicals, drugs and biologicals. It contains over 11,500 monographs – including historic records not available in the print edition.
The Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease
Cambridge University Press, 2003
An interdisciplinary history of medicine and human disease.
Print Encyclopedias & Dictionaries:
Companion Encyclopedia of the History of Medicine. London: Routledge, 1993.
R131.C65 1993 vol. 1 and 2
Encyclopedia of Medical History. New York: McGraw Hill, 1985.
A Dictionary of the History of Medicine. New York: Parthenon Pub.Group, c1999.
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Paleopathology. Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press, c1998.
R134.8 .A93 1998
Oxford Companion to Medicine. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.
R121.O88 1986 vol. 1 and 2
Dictionary of the History of Science. Princeton: Princeton University Press, c.1981.
Q125.D45 (Also in Tisch Bookstacks)
The Elements of Library Research: What Every Student Needs to Know. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008
Print call number: Z710 .G44 2008. E-book available at the link.
Techniques for Student Research: A Comprehensive Guide to Using the Library. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, c2000.
Z710 .L36 2000
Health Sciences Information Sources. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1981. (See section on History )
Information Sources in Science and Technology. 2nd ed. Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 1994.
Information Searching in Health Care. New York: Slack Inc., 1992.
R118.2.W675 1992 (Tisch Bookstacks)
Dictionary of Medical Biography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 2007.
Print. 5 vols., R134 .D57 2007
Cambridge Dictionary of Scientists. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Oxford Dictionary of Scientists. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Larousse Dictionary of Scientists. New York: Larousse, 1994.
Print. Q141.L368 1994
A specimen of the medical biography of Great Britain. London: Printed for J. Johnson, No. 72, St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1775. (e-book)
Tufts subscribes to about 40,000 journals in electronic form, as well as print and microfilm. They come packaged in dozens of subject and publisher databases, or are described in indexes. Here are a few starting places--we have much, much more available.
Isis Cumulative Bibliography: A Bibliography of the History of Science. 1-90, 1913-65. Magda Whitrow, ed. (London) Mansell, in conjunction with the History of Science Society, 1917-84. 3 vols. Tisch Reference Z7405.H6 I2
International Medieval Bibliography. Leeds, England: University of Leeds, 1967- (2002) - Annual bibliography.
Tisch Reference Z6203.I63
Morton's Medical Bibliography: An Annotated Check-list of Texts Illustrating the History of Medicine. Philadelphia: Lipincott, 1970.
Tisch Reference Z6658 .G243 1970
The History of the Health Care Sciences and Health Care 1700-1980: A Selective Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1984.
Tisch Book Stacks R148.E74 1984
Current issues of these key journals are available online. Bound periodicals containing older issues are arranged by call number on shelves on the ground floor of the library.
The following sources can help you to locate information on medical history from a variety of governmental and educational institutions: