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The Medical Heritage Library (MHL) is a digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries, promoting free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine. Contributors include The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at Yale University, The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard University and the U.S. National Library of Medicine. They are a significant contributor to the Internet Archive, and though not all digitisations are free from rights, many are. Visit The Medical Heritage Library on the Internet Archive OUR CONTENT FROM THE MEDICAL HERITAGE LIBRARY

From India to the Planet Mars (1900)

A book detailing the seances of Hélène Smith including claimed contact with people living on Mars, involving the writing down of their language, as well as sketc…more

The Anatomy of Drunkenness (1834)

An examination of inebriety from a wide range of angles: although that caused by alcohol is the main focus, he also explores use of opium (popular at the time), tob…more

The Hasheesh Eater (1857)

An autobiographical book by the American novelist and journalist Fitz Hugh Ludlow in which he describes his altered states of consciousness and philosophical flight…more

On the Writing of the Insane (1870)

A book of observations on the peculiarities of writing styles as shown by asylum patients, by G. Mackenzie Bacon, a medical superintendant at Cambridgshire County A…more