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History of Medicine

Annotated Books Online
A digital archive of early modern annotated books.

Archives Portal Europe
Find information on archival material from different European countries and archival institutions.

The Atlas of Early Printing
An interactive map on the history of printing in Europe during the second half of the fifteenth century.

Biodiversity Heritage Library
A consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections.

The Casebooks Project
The Casebooks Project aims to make available the astrological records of Simon Forman and Richard Napier, unparalleled resources in the history of early modern medicine.

Digital Bodleian
Search the more than 120,000 freely available digital objects from Oxford’s Bodleian Library.

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
A portal to North American online library and museum resources.

Directory of History of Medicine Collections
The collections described in this National Library of Medicine database provide research and reference services to scholars interested in the history of the health sciences.

A portal to European online library and museum resources.

Folger Bindings Image Database
This database provides access to high resolution images and descriptions of bindings from the rare book and manuscript collections of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Google Books
Offers many digitized volumes of historical medical texts.

Hathi Trust Digital Library
A partnership of major research institutions and libraries offering more than 10 million digitized volumes.

Health/PAC Digital Archive
Full-text searchable archive of the Health Policy Advisory Center (Health/PAC) Bulletin, which provides a history of American health policy and politics from 1968–1994.

History of the Health Sciences World Wide Web Links
Web resources on the history of medicine compiled by the History of the Health Sciences Section of the Medical Library Association.

Images from the History of Medicine
Collection from the National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine Division

The online index of items—mostly journal articles, books, dissertations, pamphlets, and reports—in the Library of the Surgeon-General’s Office published between 1880 and 1950. The site also allows users to search indices of Medieval Latin and English texts.

Internet Archive
The Internet Archive Text Archive contains some full-text historical medical texts.

The Journal of Inebriety
The Journal of Inebriety (1876-1914) documented the earliest stages of addiction medicine in the United States. Search the text of the volumes here.

John Snow Site
A site devoted to information by and about John Snow, the "father of modern epidemiology."

Manuscript Cookbooks Survey
A database of pre-1865 English-language manuscript cookbooks, supported by the Pine Tree Foundation of New York.

Medical Heritage Library
A digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries that provides free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine.

Academy Digital Collections
Materials from the Library's rare book and historical collections that have been digitized for online research and enjoyment.

Old Maps Online
Search for online digital historical maps across numerous library collections.

This site provides an alternative way of browsing the NYPL's Photographic Views of New York City, 1870s-1970s collection, via a map interface.

Open Library
A project of the Internet Archive, the Open Library houses more than 20 million book records, with some free public-domain ebooks provided.

Project Gutenberg
Free public-domain ebooks, including medical texts.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Digital Collections
Users can search digitized documents and photographs from the College's historic archive as well as lists and biographical registers of every surgeon who has obtained a College qualification from the College's beginning to 1918.

Sloane Printed Books
The Sloane Printed Books catalogue from the British Library lists books which belonged to Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753), one of the largest libraries in Europe of its time.

Wellcome Images
Access to 40,000 high-quality clinical and biomedical science images, including historical images.

Hospitals and Doctors

Summary of Vital Statistics
Includes New York City’s vital data trends going back to 1961. The 2016 report is also available to view.

AMA's Doctor Finder
This resource from the American Medical Association provides you with basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States.

City of New York Health Care Provider Hotline
Find NYC government information and services.

Healthgrades provides objective information on clinical outcomes, patient safety and patient satisfaction to help consumers make an informed decision on choosing care from virtually any hospital in the nation.

Hospital Compare
Information from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services about the quality of care at more than 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country.

Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group is a voluntary program aimed at mobilizing employer purchasing power to alert America’s health industry that big leaps in health care safety, quality and customer value will be recognized and rewarded.

Medicare Nursing Home Compare
Detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country.

New York State Hospital Profiles
Information about hospitals in New York State and the quality of care they provide. Search options include region, procedure, services provided, and hospital name.

New York State Hospital Report Card
The hospital-specific reports published here show how New York State hospitals performed, based on indicators of hospital quality developed by the federal government.

New York State Office of the Professions Online Verifications Searches
A primary source for license verification from the New York State Office of the Professions.

New York State Physician Profile
Profiles for all licensed doctors of medicine and doctors of osteopathy who are registered to practice medicine in New York State.

New York State Professional Misconduct and Physician Discipline Database
Posted at this website are public documents regarding professional misconduct and physician disciplinary actions taken.

U.S. News and World Report-Best Hospitals
U.S. News combed through data for nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult specialties and 10 pediatric specialties to help you find the one that's best for you and your family.

News Resources

American Healthline
Daily updates on health care news.

Kaiser Health News
An editorially independent news service covering health policy and politics. Its stated goal is to provide high-quality coverage of developments in Congress, the administration, the states, the marketplace and the health care delivery system.

New York State & City

City of New York Health Care Provider Information
Find NYC government information and services.

EpiQuery: New York City Interactive Health Data
EpiQuery is a web-based, user-friendly system designed to provide users with health data from a variety of sources. EpiQuery Modules are based on health datasets with varying topics and indicators for different NYC populations and the system runs real-time analyses for users at the click of the mouse. EpiQuery offers prevalence estimates with confidence intervals, rates over time, bar charts and neighborhood maps, and much more.
NYC neighborhood (including health indicators) and housing data from NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy.

An open-source map of New York City's current and projected population age 65 and older with overlays of available resources, services, and amenities, created by The New York Academy of Medicine and the CUNY Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research/CUNY Graduate Center. Enables users—such as government agencies, elected officials, health care and social service providers, planners, funders, and researchers—to understand and analyze spatial and socio-demographic patterns and trends.

Keeping Track Online: The Status of New York City Children
Create local or city-wide reports for 100+ measures of child well-being, a tool from the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York.

NYC Crashmapper
Browse and analyze several years of intersection-level collision data on a map of NYC.

NYC Health Map
Access location-based health services by address, zip code or borough for New York City. Services include health insurance services, vaccines, sexual health, teen services, smoking, farmers markets and food boxes, and many more.

NYC Open Data
Access more than 1,000 NYC datasets.

NYC Planning Community District Profiles
Each district profile contains summary data on population size; birth, death and infant mortality rates; land area and land uses; and levels of income support.

New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey
The New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS), sponsored by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, is conducted every 3 years to comply with New York state and New York City’s rent regulation laws. The Census Bureau has conducted the survey for the City since 1965. 

New York State Hospital Profiles
Information about hospitals in New York State and the quality of care they provide. Search options include region, procedure, services provided, and hospital name.

New York State Office of the Professions Online Verifications Searches
A primary source for license verification from the New York State Office of the Professions.

New York State Physician Profile
Profiles for all licensed doctors of medicine and doctors of osteopathy who are registered to practice medicine in New York State.

New York State Professional Misconduct and Physician Discipline Database
Posted at this website are public documents regarding professional misconduct and physician disciplinary actions taken.

New York State Records,
Search historical New York birth, marriage, and death records for free.

NOVELNY NewYork Online Virtual Electronic Library
Books, magazines, newspapers, research and reference sources available to New York State residents. New York state ID required. Some full text available.

NY CityMap
Includes the locations of schools, day care centers, senior centers, libraries, hospitals, and subways, as well as links to websites for these facilities.

NYS Health Connector
NYS Health Connector is an interactive tool from the New York State Department of Health that provides information on the cost of medical procedures, hospital services, and other health information. 

Take Care New York
Take Care New York (TCNY) is the City’s strategic health agenda to help all New Yorkers live healthier and longer lives.

WorldCat is the free interface to a catalog of books and other materials in libraries locally and worldwide.

Public and Consumer Health

Association of American Medical Colleges
The AAMC serves and leads the academic medicine community to improve the health of all.

Association of American Medical Colleges Surveys and Data
FACTS-medical school applicants etc.: The AAMC FACTS tables comprise the most comprehensive and objective data on U.S. medical school applicants, matriculants, enrollment, graduates, Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) applicants, and M.D.-Ph.D. students available to the public free of charge.

High-quality information about marketed drugs, including FDA labels (package inserts), from the National Library of Medicine.

Disaster Lit: Database for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
Web resources for public health and disaster preparedness originally created by the NYAM Library in collaboration with the National Library of Medicine.

Official information on drug approvals, products, ingredients, and labels from the Food and Drug Administration.

Electronic Orange Book Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations
To provide timely consumer information on generic drugs, the Electronic Orange Book is updated daily as new generic approvals occur.

FoodData Central
An integrated data system that provides expanded nutrient profile data and links to related agricultural and experimental research.

Consumer health information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Health Information - National Institutes of Health
A centralized location for accessing NIH's consumer health offerings.

Household Products Database
Health and safety information on household products.

Lab Tests Online
Produced by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, this site details clinical lab tests, searchable by test, condition, or screening age recommendation.

Authoritative health information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations.

My Environment
This Environmental Protection Agency tool provides a cross-section of environmental information based on your location.

NLM Drug information Portal
Provides information on more than 34,000 drugs.

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce
A collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries helping the public health workforce find and use information effectively to improve and protect the public's health.

States in Detail
Select a state to view state-specific public health data and information.

Take Care New York
Take Care New York (TCNY) is the City’s strategic health agenda to help all New Yorkers live healthier and longer lives.

National Library of Medicine databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.

U.S. Census Bureau: Health Insurance
National- and state-level health insurance data from three national surveys.


2018 World Population Data Sheet
The 2018 World Population Data Sheet offers detailed information on 20 population, health, and environment indicators for more than 200 countries. It has a focus on changing age structures.

Atlas of Health in Europe
This updated statistical atlas presents key health figures for the WHO European Region. They cover basic data on populations, births, deaths, life expectancy and diseases, lifestyle and environmental indicators, such as drinking, smoking and traffic accidents, and types and levels of health care.

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Illnesses, Injuries, and Fatalities
Annual information on the rate and number of work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatal injuries. Forum on Child & Family Statistics
Links to sources of statistics on childhood-related public health issues.

Child Trends DataBank
One-stop source for the latest national trends and research on over 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being. This information is provided by Child Trends, a national leader in the field for over 30 years.

Child Trends State-Level Data for Understanding Child Welfare in the United States
A comprehensive resource that provides state and national data on child maltreatment, foster care, kinship caregiving, and adoption.

County Health Ratings and Road Maps
A collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute that shows the rank of the health of nearly every county in the nation.

Health Situation in The Americas: Basic Health Indicators 2018
A publication from Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Publications from this non-profit organization that focuses on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy

State Health Facts
Health status, Medicaid & SCHIP, women's health, minority health etc. 

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Data Visualizations
Interact with world health data, including mortality trends, health expenditures, maternal health, education, diseases, and injuries.

Keeping Track Online: The Status of New York City Children
Create local or city-wide reports for 100+ measures of child well-being, a tool from the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York.

Kids Count Data Book
Each year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Book provides information and data trends on the conditions of children and families in the United States.

March of Dimes: PeriStats
Provides access to maternal and infant health data for the United States and by state or region, including more than 60,000 graphs, maps and tables. Find out how data on PeriStats in computed and calculated.

National Association of Social Workers, Workforce Studies
The National Study of Licensed Social Workers study provides baseline data that can guide policy and planning to assure an appropriately trained social work workforce will be in place to meet the current and future needs of older adults.

Neighborhood Atlas 
An interactive tool to visualize socioeconomic measures at the community, state and national levels.  It uses the Area Deprivation Index, which is based in part on  US Census Bureau 2013 American Community Survey Five Year Estimates data.  Users can use the mapping online or download the data.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Covers hundreds of occupations and describe What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, and more. Each profile also includes BLS employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.

OECD Health Data
Health and health systems statistics across the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.

Pew Hispanic Center
The Center conducts and commissions studies on a wide range of topics with the aim of presenting research that at once meets the most rigorous scientific standards and is accessible to the interested public.

Statistical Portrait of Hispanics Living in the United States
This is a statistical profile of the Latino population in 2015 from the Pew Research Center.

A Profile of the Working Poor
This report presents data on the relationship between labor force activity and poverty status for workers and their families.

Trust for America's Health
Trust for America’s Health promotes optimal health for every person and community and makes the prevention of illness and injury a national priority.

UN Birth and Death Statistics
Official national data on natality and mortality.

U.S. Census Bureau 

American Fact Finder
Data from surveys conducted by the Census Bureau.

Census Explorer
Make new discoveries about your neighborhood with Census Explorer, the U.S. Census Bureau’s interactive map series.

Health Insurance
The Census Bureau collects health insurance data using three national surveys: the Current Population Survey's Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC), the American Community Survey (ACS) and the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP).

International Programs
For more than 60 years, the Bureau has performed international analytical work and assisted in the collection, processing, analysis, dissemination, and use of statistics with counterpart governments in over 100 countries.

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book 2010
A convenient summary of statistics on the social and economic structure of the states, metropolitan areas, and micropolitan areas in the United States.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web. Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the nation's premier system of health-related telephone surveys that collect state data about U.S. residents regarding their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services.

CDC Wonder
A menu-driven system that makes available the CDC's information resources.

Quick access to statistics on alphabetically organized topics of public health importance.

Health Indicator Sortable Stats
An interactive data set comprised of behavioral risk factors and health indicators.

Health, United States
Health, United States is an annual report on trends in health statistics.

National Center for Health Statistics
The United States' principal health statistics agency.

National Health Interview Survey
The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) has monitored the health of the nation since 1957. NHIS data on a broad range of health topics are collected through personal household interviews.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

AHRQ-Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
Government agency that invests in research on the Nation's health delivery system  to understand how to make health care safer and improve quality.

AHRQ Reseach Studies
A monthly compilation of research articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers and recently published in journals or newsletters.

CAHPS-Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems
Data compiled from surveys assessing consumers' experiences with health care.

HCUP-Health Care Cost & Utilization Project
Statistics and information on hospital inpatient and emergency department utilization.

MEPS-Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
Data cover health care use and spending, insurance coverage, and accessibility of care.

State View
Healthcare quality information organized by state. 

CMS-Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Research, satistics, data and systems on Medicare and Medicaid services.

HRSA-Health Resources and Services Administration Data Warehouse
Raw data on health status and health care

Women's Health USA 2013
An easy-to-use collection of current and historical data on some of the most pressing health challenges facing women, their families, and their communities.

World Health Organization Data and Statistics
Access to data and analyses for monitoring the global health situation.

Statistics on Aging

Alzheimer's Disease and Healthy Aging Data Portal
Access to CDC data on key indicators of health and well-being, screenings and vaccinations, and mental health among older adults.

AOA Aging Statistics
The United States Administration on Aging's portal of statistical information, including the AGing Integrated Database (AGID).

American Geriatrics Society - Facts, Figures, and Briefs
The data presented in these figures and tables contain information about the training and practice of geriatric medicine gathered by conducting national surveys or from secondary data sources. Figures and tables are regularly updated.

CDC Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Leading efforts that promote health and well-being through prevention and control of chronic diseases.

National Center for Health Statistics, Resources for Older Americans
Provides statistics, data and resources to monitor the health of older Americans, and to assess our health protection goals of increasing the number of older adults who live longer, high-quality, productive, and independent lives.

2016 Older American Update: Key Indicators of Well-Being
A unique, comprehensive look at aging in the United States from the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics.

SHARE Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe
Includes health, economic situation, employment in 19 European countries.

Statistics on Diseases

Adult Obesity Facts
Information on obesity from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cancer Incidence in Five Continents
The CI5 databases provide access to detailed information on the incidence of cancer recorded by cancer registries (regional or national) worldwide in two formats.

Cancer Trends Progress Report
Summarizes our nation's progress against cancer in relation to Healthy People targets set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services. The report includes key measures of progress along the cancer control continuum and uses national trend data to illustrate where advances have been made.

Diabetes Data and Trends
Resources documenting the public health burden of diabetes and its complications in the United States.

Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
County-level maps of heart disease, stroke, social environmental conditions, and health services.

An interactive tool for accessing HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and primary and secondary syphilis data.

HealthMap-Global Disease Alert Map
HealthMap brings together disparate data sources, including online news aggregators, eyewitness reports, expert-curated discussions and validated official reports, to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health.

HIV InSite-Database of Country and Regional Indicators
The database contains up-to-date information from 68 key indicators on the topics of HIV/AIDS, treatment access, general health, mortality, education, the economy, population, fertility, and human development, for 195 countries and 10 regions.

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Data Visualizations
Interact with world health data, including diabetes, malaria, breast and cervical cancer, and other national and international trends.

National Cancer Institute Cancer Mortality Maps
Provides dynamically generated maps for the time period 1950-2004 (1970-2004 only for Blacks).

National Cancer Institute Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER)
Information on incidence, prevalence and survival in the United States.

National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research Catalogue of Surveillance Systems
A catalogue of existing surveillance systems that contain data relevant to childhood obesity research.

NIMH Statistics
An extensive collection of the National Institute of Mental Health’s statistics on the prevalence, treatment, and costs of mental disorders.

Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
An internationally-recognized organization of patients, providers, community organizations, business and labor groups, and health policy experts committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs: chronic disease. 

Project Tycho
A project at the University of Pittsburgh to advance the availability and use of public health data for science and policy making. Currently, the Project Tycho database includes data from all weekly notifiable disease reports for the United States dating back to 1888.

Resistance Map
Data on the use and effectiveness of antibiotics in the United States, sortable by state, antibiotic, or bacteria.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive
Public-use data files and online analysis tools for statistics on behavioral health data.

Novel internet-based resource maps HIV and AIDS by congressional district.