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January 15, 2009 (Vol. 29, No. 2)

Wellcome Images

  • High-quality image database
  • Limited means of finding content
Note the second “L” in the title above. Though the images provided at the site are, indeed, welcome, the host is the Wellcome Library, based in London. The visuals at Wellcome-images are from collections representing “2,000 years of human culture.” As noted online, the pix are available on demand in digital form. Content is divided into contemporary and historical categories. The collection of images is impressive, with over 40,000 high-quality graphics from clinical and biomedical sciences depicting diseases, surgery, general healthcare, genetics, neuroscience, and a wide range of imaging techniques. A search engine provides the main interface for users, and all images are freely available for personal, academic teaching, or study use. Photographic prints can also be ordered for reasonable prices. While I’d like to see other options for locating desired material besides the ones offered, that’s a small complaint for an otherwise superb collection.
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