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This page is updated quarterly. Last update: 8/10/2015.

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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.

Europeana
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

IndexCat
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.

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.

OldNYC
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.

Sloane Printed Books
The Sloane Printed Books catalogue from the Britist 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

2013 Summary of Vital Statistics
Includes 10 years of New York City’s vital data trends, with sections on infant mortality, mortality, and pregnancy outcomes.

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 Information
Find NYC government information and services.

Comparing Health Care Quality: A National Directory
An interactive directory of 208 national, state, and local public reports from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation intended to help patients find reliable information on the care in their communities.

Health Grades
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. Department of Health and Human 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 Profile
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.

iHealthBeat
A free, daily news digest reporting on technology's impact on health care. iHealthBeat is part of the California HealthCare Foundation's commitment to important issues affecting health care policy, delivery and financing.

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.

Medlineplus News
Health-related news articles from Reuters Health Information and HealthDay, plus the most recent press announcements from major medical organizations.

New York State & City

2013 New York State Hospital Report Card
The hospital-specific reports published here show how New York State hospitals performed in calendar year 2011, based on indicators of hospital quality developed by the federal government.

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.

Furman Center’s Data Search Tool
NYC neighborhood (including health indicators) and housing data from NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy.

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 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. The 2011 NYCHVS is the 15th such survey.

New York State Hospital Profile
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, Ancestry.com
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.

Other NYC Library Catalogs
Links to the online catalogs of other libraries in the New York City area. Also check WorldCat, the free interface to a catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

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.

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.

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

Drugs@FDA
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.

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

Health Hotlines
A National Library of Medicine online database of health-related organizations operating toll-free telephone services. The database also includes information on services and publications available in Spanish.

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.

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

MedlinePlus Medical Dictionary
A medical dictionary from the National Library of Medicine and Merriam-Webster.

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

Promising Health Interventions Inventoried by a Network of Diverse Experts for Regional Application (PHINDER)
A clearinghouse of promising and best practices for health promotion in various settings.

Resource Guide 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.

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.

Toxnet
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.

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
Find nutrient information on nearly 8,000 foods using this new and improved search feature. You can now search by food item, group, or list to find the nutrient information for your food items.

U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention Food Fraud Database
A searchable database that serves as a repository for ingredient fraud reports.

Statistics

2014 World Population Data Sheet
The 2014 World Population Data Sheet offers detailed information on 20 population, health, and environment indicators for more than 200 countries.

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.

Childstats.gov: 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.

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.

Data.gov
Open datasets from the federal government.

Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health
Includes national and state-level data on hundreds of child health indicators from the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) and the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN).

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.

FedStats
A central source from which to access more than 100 United States agencies’ official statistical information.

Furman Center’s Data Search Tool
NYC neighborhood (including health indicators) and housing data from NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy.

Google Public Data
A tool for visualizing and sharing publicly available data sets.

Health Situation in The Americas: Basic Health Indicators 2012
A publication from Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Global Health Facts
HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, health workforce & capacity etc.

Health Insurance Coverage in America
Statistics are broken down by age groups; gender; family income; family work status; education; household type; race/ethnicity; citizenship; and health status.

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

ICPSR Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
A data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences from the University of Michigan.

InfoShare
Statistical database including population statistics, immigration trends, and socio-economic indicators.

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

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS)
Free demographic data from the Minnesota Population Center.

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, Center for 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.

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 statistical profile of the Latino population is based on Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project tabulations of the Census Bureau’s 2012 American Community Survey (ACS).

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
By focusing on PREVENTION, PROTECTION, and COMMUNITIES, TFAH is leading the fight to make disease prevention a national priority, from Capitol Hill to Main Street. We know what works. Now we need to build the resolve to get it done.

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

UN Data
The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) offer UN statistical databases through a single entry point.

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.

Counties Data Files
Includes data on health, housing, poverty, and vital statistics.

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.

FastStats
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

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. 

Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI)
The CHSI report contains over 200 measures for each of the 3,141 United States counties. Although CHSI presents indicators like deaths due to heart disease and cancer, it is imperative to understand that behavioral factors such as tobacco use, diet, physical activity, alcohol and drug use, sexual behavior and others substantially contribute to these deaths.

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.

Your State's Health
Select a state from the map to view state-specific public health data and information.

Statistics on Aging

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.

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

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.

2012 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 | National Institute on Aging
Reports from the NIA on trends in aging in the United States and worldwide.

Statistics on Diseases

AIDSTAR-One Treatment Guideline Database
AIDSTAR-One has developed a database of National Treatment Guidelines for HIV/AIDS from over 50 countries. The database includes adult and pediatric treatment guidelines as available by country.

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.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Adult Obesity Facts 

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.

NCHHSTP Atlas
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

Almanac of Chronic Disease
The ultimate reference guide on rising rates of chronic disease, and how they are impacting health,
health care spending, and economic growth in the United States.

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.

U.S. HIV/AIDS Index
Novel internet-based resource maps HIV and AIDS by congressional district.