An unofficial blog about the National Museum of Health and Medicine (nee the Army Medical Museum) in Silver Spring, MD. Visit for news about the museum, new projects, musing on the history of medicine and neat pictures.
In an era before emergency rooms and HMOs, women offered vital medical care to their families and communities. This "kitchen physic" included dressing wounds, setting bones, delivering babies, administering medicine, and producing homemade remedies for a wide range of illnesses, including the much-dreaded plague. Beyond Home Remedy explores the broad scope of female medical practice in early modern England and America and sheds new light on women's contributions.
Join Rebecca Laroche, curator of Beyond Home Remedy, for a personal tour of the exhibition, which features a broad range of items from ingredient samples for early modern medicines to Martha Washington's cookbook.
"The exhibition cracks open our conventional sense of home remedies. We have countesses and duchesses and the serving women and everyone in between," she notes.
Fri, Feb 18 7pm
Meet at the First Folio display in the Great Hall.
Home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, the Folger Shakespeare Library is a major center for scholarly research; a lively venue for performances, readings, and exhibitions; and a national leader in humanities education.
Address: Folger Shakespeare Library 201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
This will probably be an excellent talk, but I no longer go to the NLM due to NIH's ridiculous security measures.
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE, History of Medicine Division Seminar Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 2-3:30pm Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg 38A, NLM Bethesda, MD
"The Humor of It: Bodies, Fluids, and the History of Medicine in Shakespeare."
Dr. Gail Kern Paster, Director, The Folger Shakespeare Library
Gail Kern Paster took office as Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library in 2002. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and three books. Her latest book, "Humoring the Body: Emotions and the Shakespearean Stage" will form the core of her talk, which will examine how humoral theory, the central tenet of Renaissance medicine, affected how characters acted and reacted on the stage and in life.
Due to advance interest in this talk, the presentation will be held in the Lister Hill Auditorium.
All are Welcome
Note: The next history of medicine seminar will be held on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 2-3:30pm in the Lister Hill Auditorium. In a special program for African American History Month, Professor Kevin Mumford will speak on "Brother Redeemers: Black Gay History and the Impact of the Aids Crisis, 1974-1988."
Sign language interpretation is provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate may contact Stephen Greenberg at (301-435-4995), e-mail email@example.com, 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:
Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD Coordinator of Public Services History of Medicine Division National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health Department of Health and Human Services 301-435-4995 firstname.lastname@example.org