An Interactive Annotated World Bibliography of Printed and Digital Works in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences from Circa 2000 BCE to 2022 by Fielding H. Garrison (1870-1935), Leslie T. Morton (1907-2004), and Jeremy M. Norman (1945- ) Traditionally Known as “Garrison-Morton”

16018 entries, 14076 authors and 1941 subjects. Updated: July 14, 2024


13 entries
  • 9042

Sammelband: Vita Sancti Symeonis; Physiologus latinus; Fredegarii Chronicon; Sermo S. Effrem; etc. Burgerbibliothek Codex Bongarsianus 318.

Rheims, France, circa 830.

The earliest surviving illustrated manuscript version of the Physiologus. Digital facsimile of the codex from at this link.

This 9th century codex, from the Rheims scriptorium, was first published in print as: Physiologus Bernensis: Voll-Faksimile-Ausgabe des Codex Bongarsianus 318 der Burgerbibliothek Bern. Wissenschaftliche Kommentar von Christoph von Steiger und Otto Homburger. Basel: Alkuin-Verlag, 1964


Subjects: BIBLIOGRAPHY › Manuscripts & Philology, Medieval Zoology
  • 3667

Artzney Buchlein, wider allerlei Kranckeyten und Gebrachen der Tzeen: Getzogen auss dem Galeno, Auicenna, Mesue, Cornelio Celso vnd andern mehr der Artzney Doctorn seher nützlich zu lesen.

Leipzig: Michael Blum, 1530.

The first book on dentistry, probably intended for the general public. The unidentified writer confined himself to extracts from the works of ancient and recent writers on the subject. The woodcut on the title page was the first known printed representation of a tooth extraction taking place in a dentist's office. The book underwent 11 editions in 45 years. Reproduced in facsimile, Berlin, Meusser, 1921.

  • 6932

Ein newes hochnutzlichs Büchlin von erkantnus der Kranckheyten der Augen....

Strassburg, Austria: Heinrich Vogtherr, 1538.

The first separate publication on diseases of the eye after Grassi (1474). This very rare anonymous work was intended, according to its title, to provide highly useful knowledge of the anatomy of the eye, and eye diseases and their various remedies. After two pages on anatomy, discussion of affections of the eye begin, with references to cataract, affections of the cornea, conjunctiva, pruritus, clearing the sight, etc. 

Subjects: OPHTHALMOLOGY , OPHTHALMOLOGY › Anatomy of the Eye & Orbit, OPHTHALMOLOGY › Diseases of the Eye, OPHTHALMOLOGY › Ocular Surgery & Procedures › Cataract
  • 6142

Ordnung eines erbarn Raths der Statt Regenspurg, die Hebammen betreffende.

Regensburg: H. Kohl, 1550.

The earliest public document in the vernacular containing legislation governing midwives. Digital facsimile from Google Books at this link.

Subjects: LAW and Medicine & the Life Sciences › Legislation, Biomedical, OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY › OBSTETRICS
  • 6491.9

Les secrets de la médecine des chinois, consistant en la parfaite connoissance du pouls. Envoyez de la Chine par un françois, homme de grand mérite.

Grenoble: Philippes Charuys, 1671.

The first Western book on Chinese medicine, with a few brief comments on Japanese methods. This anonymous collection of translations of early Chinese texts on pulse medicine has been variously attributed to different Jesuits working in China at the time. Digital facsimile from Google Books at this link.

Subjects: COUNTRIES, CONTINENTS AND REGIONS › China, People's Republic of, Chinese Medicine
  • 12698

An impartial history of Michael Servetus, burnt alive at Geneva for heresie.

London: Aaron Ward, 1724.

Authorship of this early English account of Servetus and his martyrdom for heresy has never been determined, according to Geoffrey Sill, "The authorship of An impartial history of Michael Servetus," Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 87, 303-318. Sill indicates that a very few copies of this work exist with the title page dated 1723. Digital facsimile from at this link.

Subjects: BIOGRAPHY (Reference Works) › Biographies of Individuals, CARDIOLOGY › History of Cardiology, PHYSIOLOGY › History of Physiology, RELIGION & Medicine & the Life Sciences
  • 10402

Botica general de los remedios esperimentados. Que á beneficio del público se reimprime por su original en Cadiz, en Sonoma, de la alta California: Por M. G. V.

Sonoma, CA: impreta [sic] del Gobierno, 1838.

The first medical book printed in California, a small 23-page pamphlet of folk or popular medicine. It was printed by Agustín V. Zamorano, the first printer in Alta California under Mexican rule before the region became part of the United States. Facsimile reproduction and partial translation in Robert J. Moes, The Zamorano press and the Botica: California's first medical book (Los Angeles: The Zamorano Club, 1988).

Subjects: Medicine: General Works, TRADITIONAL, Folk or Indigenous Medicine, U.S.: CONTENT OF PUBLICATIONS BY STATE & TERRITORY › California
  • 10003

Deadly adulteration and slow poisoning unmasked; or, Disease and death in the pot and the bottle; in which the blood-empoisoning and life-destroying adulterations of wines, spirits, beer, bread, flour, tea, sugar, spices, cheese-mongery, pastry, confectionary medicines, &c. &c. &c. are laid open to the public, with tests or methods for the ascertaining and detecting the fraudulent and deleterious adulterations and the good and bad qualities of those articles: with an exposé of medical empiricism and imposture, quacks and quackery, regular and irregular, legitimate and illegitimate: and the frauds and mal-practices of the pawn-brokers and madhouse keepers. New edition. By an enemy to fraud and villany.

London: Sherwood, Gilbert & Piper, circa 1839.

Digital facsimile from the Hathi Trust at this link.

Subjects: Crimes / Frauds / Hoaxes, PUBLIC HEALTH, Quackery, TOXICOLOGY
  • 11031

“Album de la guerre”: Five hundred photographs, seventy drawings and thirteen articles by members of Base Hospital no. 4, U.S.A. . . . and Mobile Hospital no. 5, U.S.A. . . . covering a period of twenty-three months from May 8th, 1917 to April 8th, 1919.

Cleveland: Scientific Illustrating Studios, 1919.

  • 11284

One hundred years, 1843-1943.

Philadelphia: Blakiston, 1943.

A relatively brief anonymous account of the first century of activity the medical publisher, Blakiston.

Subjects: BIBLIOGRAPHY › Medical Publishers, Histories of
  • 6981

Medieval woman's guide to health. The first English gynecological handbook. Middle English text, with introduction and modern English translation by Beryl Rowland.

Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 1981.

This 15th century manuscript (British Library Sloan 2463) predates by about a century The byrth of mankynde, previously considered the first work on the subject.

  • 9040

Physiologus: A medieval book of nature lore. Translated by Michael J. Curley.

Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2009.

First published 1979, with a very informative introduction and notes. The paperback edition (2009) contains an extensive supplementary note discussing scholarship relating to Physiologus since 1979.

Subjects: Medieval Zoology
  • 9821

Hippocrate, Oeuvres complètes, Tome XVI: Problèmes hippocratiques. Texte établi, traduit et annoté par Jacques Jouanna et Alessia Guardasole. (Collection des universités de France).

Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 2017.

Greek text with facing French translation of 130 problems (some in the way of Hippocratic medicine and others not) compiled by an anonymous Christian author from the Byzantine period, 7th to 10th/11th century.