Well­come digi­tises med­i­cal records

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Thou­sands of his­toric records held by the Well­come Li­brary have been made avail­able to ex­am­ine on the web for the first time.

The Lon­don-based ar­chive has re­leased six unique datasets via an­ces­try.co.uk, to­gether com­pris­ing nearly 1.5 mil­lion records re­lat­ing to med­i­cal stu­dents and pro­fes­sion­als across Bri­tain and the Com­mon­wealth.

The largest of the datasets fea­tures over 730,000 records gleaned from old med­i­cal di­rec­to­ries, list­ing re­tired and prac­tis­ing doc­tors from 1845-1942.

Fully search­able, the en­tries can pro­vide a doc­tor’s res­i­den­tial ad­dress, as well as de­tails of their qual­i­fi­ca­tions and em­ploy­ment his­tory.

Other ad­di­tions to An­ces­try in­clude reg­is­ters of med­i­cal and den­tal stu­dents (1882-1937), den­tists (1879-1942), phys­io­ther­a­pists (1895-1980) and mid­wives (1904-1959), plus the Roll of the In­dian Med­i­cal Ser­vice (16151930), list­ing the names of 8,000 med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als who worked within the for­mer Bri­tish Raj.

This is not the first time that the Well­come Li­brary has re­leased his­toric records on­line. In 2013, the in­sti­tu­tion launched a free re­source named Lon­don’s Pulse ( well­comeli­brary. org/moh), fea­tur­ing re­ports writ­ten by Med­i­cal Of­fi­cers of Health in the cap­i­tal be­tween 1848 and 1972.

The Well­come Li­brary has also been pub­lish­ing men­tal health records held by part­ner ar­chives across the UK. These are grad­u­ally be­ing made avail­able free of charge at well­come li­brary.org/col­lec­tions/dig­i­tal­col­lec­tions/men­tal- health­care.

WG Grace (cen­tre) can be found in the records

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