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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Jan 28: NLM History of Medicine Lecture

 
You are cordially invited to the next NLM History of Medicine lecture, to be held on Wednesday January 28, from 2pm to 3pm in the NLM Lister Hill Auditorium, Building 38A, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD.  Michael Sappol, PhD, Historian with the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine will speak on "The Apotheosis of the Dissected Plate: Spectacles of Layering and Transparency in 19th- and 20th-Century Anatomy."
 
This is a story about "topographical anatomy — a tradition of slicing and sawing rather than cutting and carving — and its procedures for converting bodies from three dimensions to two dimensions and back again. In topographical cross-section anatomy, the frozen or mummified body is cut into successive layers that are then transcribed and reproduced as pages of a book or a sequence of prints or slides (sometimes with the original slices preserved as a sequence of specimens for the anatomical museum). The talk also confronts our ambivalent relation to anatomical images, which can serve as an effigy of self and other that we all inhabit. This talk features photographs of materials in the NLM collection by artist Mark Kessell.
 
All are welcome.
 
Sign language interpretation is provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate may contact Stephen Greenberg at 301-435-4995, e-mail greenbes@mail.nih.gov, or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).
 
Due to current security measures at NIH, off-campus visitors are advised to consult the NLM Visitors and Security website:
 
 
Sponsored by:
NLM's History of Medicine Division
Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD, Chief
 
Event contact:
Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD
Coordinator of Public Services
History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine, NIH
 
 
 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Mutter Museum claims another fan

Mutter Museum: More than just a freak show

ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER The Mutter Museum is home to the Hyrtl Skull Collection, which displays 139 human skulls.
ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER The Mutter Museum is home to the Hyrtl Skull Collection, which displays 139 human skulls.
By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
Posted: December 24, 2014
http://articles.philly.com/2014-12-24/news/57353628_1_j-nathan-bazzel-mutter-museum-freak-show

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BUMED history office uploads 2500th item to Medical Heritage Library


Today we interrupted our uploading of The Examiner, Naval Hospital Twentynine Palm's base newspaper, to upload our 2500th item.  Upon requests from researchers using the physical collection today, we scanned two items for them, and thus also for the MHL.

#2499 is MEMOIR OF THE FOUNDING AND PROGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL OBSERVATORY (1873)
https://archive.org/details/MEMOIROFTHEFOUNDINGANDPROGRESSOFTHEUNITEDSTATESN
AVALOBSERVATORY1873


#2500 is Welcome Aboard - A Handbook For Naval Medical Personnel, National
Naval Medical Center (1960)
https://archive.org/details/WelcomeAboardAHandbookForNavalMedicalPersonnelNN
MC

All of BUMED's contributions to the Medical Heritage Library can be seen at
https://archive.org/details/usnavybumedhistoryoffice


Michael Rhode
Archivist / Curator
US Navy BUMED Communications Directorate (M09B7)
Office of Medical History



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Woodward's 1870 histology online now

Report to the Surgeon General, of the United States Army, on certain points connected with the histology of minute bloodvessels (1870) by JJ Woodward

- this rare report with tipped-in photographs has been scanned and placed online by the National Library of Medicine. Woodward did his photomicroscopy work on weekends at the Army Medical Museum.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Nov 5: NLM History of Medicine Lecture on antibiotics

 
You are cordially invited to the next NLM History of Medicine lecture, to be held on Wednesday, November 5, from 2pm to 3pm in the NLM Visitor Center in the Lister Hill Center, Building 38A, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD. Scott Podolsky, MD, Director of the Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library, Harvard University, will speak on "Antibiotic Pasts and Futures: Seven Decades of Reform and Resistance."
 
Antibiotics served as the leading edge of the post-World War II wonder drug revolution. But from the beginning, they also served as the leading edge of concerns regarding the irrational development and use of the wonder drugs. Rising apprehension over antibiotic resistance and the prospect of a post-antibiotic era have drawn attention to the possible means of preventing such an "apocalypse." Making extensive use the Archives & Modern Manuscripts Collections at NLM, including the papers of James Goddard, Herbert Ley, and John Barlow Youman, this talk narrates the history of antibiotic reform from the 1940s onward, and it explores the evolving relationships between industry and academia, town and gown, and education and regulation, as reformers have attempted to promote a rational and enduring antimicrobial therapeutics.
 
All are welcome.
 
Sign language interpretation is provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate may contact Stephen Greenberg at 301-435-4995, e-mail greenbes@mail.nih.gov, or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).
 
Due to current security measures at NIH, off-campus visitors are advised to consult the NLM Visitors and Security website:
 
 
Sponsored by:
NLM's History of Medicine Division
Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD, Chief
 
Event contact:
Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD
Coordinator of Public Services
History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine, NIH