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Medical archives opened for education

7 February 2014

Libraries and archives in South Wales have come together to contribute to a new publication, launched by Cardiff University, which introduces the wide range of original and historical sources about medicine and public health available in universities, libraries, archives and museums across the region.

Students studying rare books in SCOLAR (Special Collections and Archives)

The 'History of Medicine Sources in South Wales' is a free guide, which has been sent to schools, hospitals, and libraries across South Wales, to raise awareness of the rich variety of historical sources for medical practice and public health which can be found in the region. As well as providing an introduction to each resource, the publication also provides a summary of the content; making it easy for scholars, clinicians and the public to identify the information which best meets their needs.

Janet Peters, Director of Cardiff University Library Services, said: "The libraries and archives across South Wales hold a wealth of information about the historical development of medicine and disease, covering topics ranging from pharmacy and public health, to mental illness and nursing. We are pleased to launch this free guide to these fascinating resources, which we hope will enable future research and discovery."

Peter Keelan, Head of Special Collections in Cardiff University Library, who compiled the publication, said: "Cardiff University is a key centre for medical education and for teaching the history of medicine. As we hold many historical collections on these topics, an important part of our work is to make these sources available to the wider community. The 'History of Medicine Sources in South Wales' guide includes the key historical collections in the libraries and archives of the region; all of which can be visited to study these captivating historical materials."

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