Online Resources

Brought to Life: Exploring the History of Medicine.

The Science Museum’s History of Medicine website, the ultimate resource for educators and students. With thousands of interesting and intriguing objects you’re bound to find something to excite, entertain and educate.

Cornell University Library, Digital Witchcraft Collection

Cornell University Library’s Witchcraft Collection contains more than 3,000 books, manuscripts, and related materials. A selection of 104 English language books from the Witchcraft Collection is available online.

Magic and Medicine

A digital resource dedicated to astrologer-physician Simon Forman and his contemporary, Richard Napier, whose notes written between 1596 and 1634 form one of the richest surviving records of medical practice.

Shakespeare’s Restless World

Making a selection of objects from the British Museum and collections across the UK, Neil MacGregor uncovers the stories they tell about Shakespeare’s world, including about magic and medicine.

Listen to past episodes of Shakespeare’s Restless World on BBC Radio 4.

British Society for the History of Science

BSHS is the main organisation in the British Isles working to bring together people with an interest in the histories of science, technology and medicine and their changing relationship with society.

British Society for the History of Science

The Museum of Alchemy and Magic, Prague, Czech Republic

The website of this tourist museum, sited in the house Edward Kelly supposedly occupied during the reign of Rudolph II, is in Czech. However, it carries interesting photographs of the museum’s reconstructed laboratories.

Peter Forshaw, University of Amsterdam

Peter’s research interests include Renaissance Philosophy, Natural Magic and Medical History.  This link provides access to some websites that he recommends, and some of the articles and papers that he has published. It also has links to numerous clips from radio and television programmes for the general public.

For more information about Peter Forshaw visit the University of Amsterdam website. 

Paracelsus and the Medical Revolution of the Renaissance: A 500th Anniversary Celebration

Website accompanying an exhibition and programme of events, produced by Allen G. Debus
 Morris Fishbein Professor of the History of Science and Medicine
The University of Chicago on behalf of the US National Library of Medicine.