The Melbourne Medical School celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2012. The School of Medicine was founded in 1862 with George Halford appointed first Professor of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology. Classes commenced in 1863 and the Faculty of Medicine was formally constituted in 1876.
Since establishment, the School has been at the forefront of medical teaching practices and research. The School boasts several Nobel laureates throughout its history, as well as important medical breakthroughs from the discovery of germs to the invention of the bionic ear. For more on the history of the School the UMA's online exhibition, Keys to the Past provides further resources, while the Faculty of Medicine, Denitistry and Health Sciences presents a short history of the School on their website. There is also a Gateway to the History of Medicine at the University of Melbourne, which inlcudes the online catalogue for the Medical History Museum
The University of Melbourne Archives holds a significant collection of documents relating to both the School and it's staff and more broadly to the practice of medicine in Victoria. For example, the UMA holds papers of Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Ernest Edward 'Weary' Dunlop, the Nuffield Foundation, the Medical Students' Society, Roy Douglas Wright and a number of commercial distributors of medical supplies, plus much more.
This guide is organised according to subject. The guide does not at present include collections relating to dentistry, nursing or other fields now associated with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentitry and Health Sciences, although the UMA holds important collections in these fields.