November 26, 2015

History of Medicine: New Look, New Collections for National Library of Medicine’s IndexCat Database

From a NLM Announcement:

The History of Medicine Division (HMD) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) [recently launched] a new user interface for its premier database, IndexCat, along with the addition of two new collections involving medieval scientific English and Latin texts.

Utilizing software developed by Ex Libris, the new IndexCat interface offers improved viewing capabilities and new layouts for search results and record displays. IndexCat is available free of charge.


Providing access to the digitized version of the printed, 61-volume Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon General’s Office, IndexCat contains over 4.5 million references to over 3.7 million bibliographic items dating from over five centuries and covering subjects of the basic sciences, scientific research, civilian and military medicine, public health, and hospital administration. Language coverage is international with citations in European and Slavic languages, Greek script, and Romanized Chinese and Japanese titles – some with English translations. A wide range of materials can be discovered through IndexCat, including books, journal articles, dissertations, pamphlets, reports, newspaper clippings, case studies, obituary notices, letters, portraits, as well as rare books and manuscripts.

Direct to IndexCat Search Interface

Learn More About IndexCat and the New ExLibris Software

Direct to NLM History of Medicine Web Site

Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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