Overview

The James Lind Library has been established to improve public and professional general knowledge about fair tests of treatments in healthcare and their history.

The project was initiated by Iain Chalmers, and has been carried out in collaboration with a range of institutions: James Lind Initiative, Oxford, UK; Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland; Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Leiden University Hospital, the Netherlands and Queens College, City University of New York, USA.

Background

Its foundation was laid ten years ago at the College, and its administrative centre is in the College’s library. The James Lind Library is a website that introduces visitors to the principles of fair tests of treatments, with a series of short, illustrated essays, which are currently available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Outcomes

The developed website

  • Contains key passages and images from manuscripts, books and journal articles, many of them accompanied by commentaries, biographies, portraits and other relevant documents and images, including audio and video files
  • Offers a 100-page book – Testing Treatments – available for free download, both in English and in Arabic and Spanish translations
  • Has new material added continuously, as relevant new records are identified and as methods for testing treatments evolve
  • Has a multinational, multilingual editorial team overseeing its development, with currently tens of thousands of visitors every month

Links

Click here to visit the James Lind Library website

Click here to read an article in the College journal describing the project in greater detail