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More than 100,000 Medical Images, Free of Charge

The Wellcome Library in London has published these free-to-use images related to the history of medicine

The Wellcome Library in London is dedicated to the study of the history of medicine and biomedical sciences. As part of its investigation, they have assembled an archive featuring medical art of every description: photography, painting, illustration, engravings and publicity, as well as manuscripts, rare books and medical guides.

For public consumption, the library has published a collection of more than 100,000 free-to-use images, for both personal and commercial usage. The only condition is that source credits are included.

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Body Stretching (1939). British American Tobacco Company
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Le magnétisme (1921). Eugen Holländer

If you’re a lover of scientific illustration, this is a catalogue for you. In the archive you’ll also find rare images and videos for your design, illustration, collage or video projects, or whatever else you need.

Among the catalogues there are Arabic and Asian manuscripts about medicine, cosmology and alchemy; images depicting public health, war, reproductive health, sexology and the history of medicine in general.

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Medieval summary of the Canon of Medicine by Avicenna. Maḥmūd b. ̀Umar al-Ǧaġmīnī
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Illustrations of phrenology (1827). George Cruikshank
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New Species of Man (ca. 1810-1820). Advert from Mr. Laxton’s Room

Be sure to search the collections by category. You can navigate by file type, author, medical condition, discipline, period and many more fields.

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Raise the defences (1945). Vieta-Plasencia de Cuba laboratories
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Migril masters migraine (ca. 1962). Brochure from Burroughs Wellcome & Co
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Die Karikatur und Satire in der Medizin (1905). Eugen Holländer

Visit the Wellcome Library’s digital collection here.

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Empirin Compound with Codeine (1940). Burroughs Wellcome & Co
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The smallest people in the world (1882). Advert for an exhibition in Piccadilly, London
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DNA investigation by Rosalind Franklin (1953). Churchill College, Cambridge
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