Two resources which concentrate on the history of medicine and the history of nursing are now at your fingertips.
Nursing, History and Health Care provides historical background information on issues regarding the nursing profession and the provision of nursing care in the United States. The site includes essays on the history of public health nursing, nursing education, and workforce issues. This resource was created by Penn Nursing Science at the University of Pennsylvania’s.
Medical Heritage Library, hosted by the Internet Archive, is an ongoing digitization project of rare medical books from New York Public Library, the National Library of Medicine, and the medical libraries of Columbia, Yale, and Harvard universities. The collection currently has over 14,000 texts from all aspects of medicine. You can browse by title, author, subject/keyword, and date. The Medical Heritage Library includes such gems as Dr. Moses Gunn’s recollections of the establishment of the University of Michigan’s medical school, including the appointment of “new and comparatively unknown men for a faculty, three of whom were yet, in medical parlance, boys, and none of whom could show a gray hair.”
Both of these resources are freely available on the Internet and through SearchTools.