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Medicine and the arts


Sources for Background Information


Searching the Library Catalogue

Use the basic word(s) anywhere or advanced keyword search in the library catalogue. You can search using words like - antibiotic, biochem?, molecul?, etc.

Search tips for the library catalogue

Truncation symbol: ? e.g. medic? will retrieve catalogue records containing  the words medicine, medical, medics, etc.
Phrase searching: "___" e.g. "One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest" will retrieve catalogue records containing the phrase One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Boolean operators: (), AND, OR, NOT
default: AND
e.g. literature and (physicians or doctors) will retrieve catalogue records containing the word literature and either physicians or doctors

Search the Library Catalogue

You can also browse the Catalogue, or the shelves of the Osler Library at the following call numbers (note that there are a few items in the Life Sciences Library as well)

Call Number Subject
N to NC Medicine in the visual arts, architecture, drawing and illustration
WM 49 Art and literature as related to psychiatry
WZ 330 Medicine as depicted in art and literature
WZ 350 Literary and artistic works by physicians and other association items


Core and additional databases


Selected Internet Sites

  • Art Annotations A listing of artists and their works related to medical themes, with links to digital images of the described works.
  • Film Annotations Films listed by title dealing with aspects of medicine, health and disability.
  • Image Collections A listing of sites and databases of visual images related to medicine and medical history maintained by the Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University.
  • Literature Annotations Literary works listed by author and title.
  • Medical Humanities New York University's list of links to sites about medicine related to the arts and humanities, including journals, databases and societies.
  • Recent Dissertations in the Medical Humanities Index of dissertations organised by topics, such as "Art and Medicine" and "Literature/Theatre and Art". Please check Proquest Dissertations and Theses using the link above to look for the full text of items listed here.
  • Roster of Physician Writers An annotated list of physicians who have published at least one book of creative writing.
  • Global Alliance for Arts & Health A non-profit U.S. organization dedicated to advancing arts as integral to healthcare.


Other Resources

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