Saturday, March 30, 2013

Who's buried in Booth's grave remains an issue

Booth mystery must remain so - for now
Their request for access to an alleged Booth specimen - three cervical vertebrae in the collection of the National Museum of Health and Medicine in ...

Friday, March 29, 2013

Death of Lorenz Zimmerman

Dr. Lorenz Zimmerman, a long-time Armed Forces Institute of Pathology staff member, died recently. Much of his work is in the medical museum, including early logbooks for the ophthalmic pathology registry. On a personal note, Dr. Zimmerman was a very nice and pleasant person to work with. An oral history the museum did with him twenty years ago can be seen here.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Brain awareness week at NMHM

Brain Awareness Week looks to make science cool
The National Museum of Health and Medicine include a couple larger-than-life brain models from the 1950's, a far cry from today's real-life educational ...


Medical museum and library staff quoted on 10-year Iraq war

More than 50,000 U.S. troops injured in Iraq and Afghanistan
Medical care, front-line tactics aid recovery rates
By Lee Bowman Scripps Howard News Service
 March 16, 2013

The article quotes Alan Hawk of the medical museum and Ken Koyle of NLM.

Another version is here.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

New issue of The Grog, A Journal of Navy Medical History and Culture

It is with great pleasure that we present to you the latest edition of The Grog, A Journal of Navy Medical History and Culture. In this issue, we offer our readers an original assortment of stories, essays, trivia and book reviews covering the topics of: the life and lessons of the heroic World War I nurse Edith Cavell; a look back at Hennesey, the only Navy Medicine-themed TV sitcom in history; the Navy's 115-year history of Global Health Engagement; Navy's Medicine and the Knickerbocker Theater Disaster; an illustrated look at service with the FMF; oral history interviews and their application to the arts; notes from the Navy Medical Archives; and a short review of Larry Berman's book, "Zumwalt." As always we hope you enjoy this tour on the high seas of Navy Medicine's past.


The Grog is accessible through the link below.  PDF versions are available upon request. 

Issue 36, 2013



Very Respectfully,




André B. Sobocinski

Historian/Publications Manager

Office of Medical History

Communications Directorate (M09B7C)

Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Another staff departure at NMHM

I hear through the grapevine that Mike Stanley, director of logistics for the Museum, is retiring. The hiring freeze on DOD may mean that he can't be replaced for a while. I'm sure Mike's job was pretty thankless for a long time as the closing of AFIP and the setting up of both a new museum and a new warehouse occurred on his watch.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Navy Medicine's 1993 John Wilkes Booth issue online now

The January 1993 issue of Navy Medicine is digitized and online. It features the article "Identification and Autopsy of John Wilkes Booth: Reexamining the Evidence" by L. F. Guttridge which argues that the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln may not have been caught and executed. Booth's vertebrae are in the Medical Museum.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Here's a cute article about a mini-medical museum

Hospital receives book with 5000 19th century remedies
Idaho State Journal
SODA SPRINGS — The Mini-Medical Museum at Caribou Memorial Hospital received a book from a descendent of Dr. William H. Anderson, who was a registered ...

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

PR: Wellcome Library launches Codebreakers: makers of modern genetics

Yesterday saw the official launch of Codebreakers: makers of modern
genetics, the Wellcome Library's new digital resource which contains over
a million pages of books and archives relating to the history of genetics.

A further half million pages will be added over the coming weeks from the
holdings of the Wellcome Library and our partner institutions at Cold
Spring Harbor Laboratory Library, King's College London, University
College London, Glasgow University Archives and the Churchill Archives

Codebreakers contains twenty archives including the papers of Francis
Crick, James Watson, Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin, as well as
archives of the Eugenics Society, made available by kind permission of the
Council of the Galton Institute, the papers of J B S Haldane, and the
collections of Guido Pontecorvo and his students Malcolm Ferguson-Smith
and James Renwick at Glasgow University.

Codebreakers also contains over a thousand digitised books covering the
science, history and social and cultural aspects of genetics and related
disciplines, mostly from the 20th century.

You can find out more about Codebreakers and the collections we have
digitised on our website

Phoebe Harkins
Communications Co-ordinator
Wellcome Library
The Wellcome Trust
183 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7611 8628
Mob:+44 (0) 7739 194907
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7611 8369

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sole trustee is The Wellcome Trust Limited, a company registered in
England, no. 2711000, whose registered office is at 215 Euston Road,
London NW1 2BE, UK.

An anatomical flap book, animated

Anatomical Flap-Up Illustrations from 1901 Adapted as Animated GIFs


Interesting article on medieval dissection

Grotesque Mummy Head Reveals Advanced Medieval Science

Doctors in medieval Europe weren't as idle as it may seem, as a new analysis of the oldest-known preserved human dissection in Europe reveals

March 12: NLM History of Medicine Lecture

You are cordially invited to the next NLM History of Medicine lecture, to be held on Tuesday, 12 March, 2013 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the Lister Hill Auditorium, National Library of Medicine, Building 38A, Bethesda, MD. In recognition of Women's History Month, NLM presents:
"Dr. Sarah Loguen Fraser's Legacy of Social Justice in Medicine"
Sarah Berry, PhD
Hobart & William Smith Colleges
This presentation will address Dr. Fraser's entrance to medicine as the daughter of abolitionists, her career emphasis on providing healthcare for underserved African Americans, Native Americans, and Dominican women and children, and what a recovery project that continues the work of NLM's "Changing the Face of Medicine" exhibition can teach students about historical and present intersections among health, medicine, and justice.
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, 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

Thursday, February 28, 2013

"Do you know where the National Museum of Health and Medicine is located?"

Sure I do. It's on an Army base, in an industrial park, in a suburban neighborhood...

The National Museum of Health and Medicine
However, you'd have a hard time answering the following question, "Excuse me, do you know where the National Museum of Health and Medicine is located?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New medical museum opens in Kansas

New medical museum opens
Shawnee Dispatch
The museum tells that story through exhibits focusing on different countries, Native Americans, diseases, medicines, medical specialties and other areas of ...


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Mutter museum article

Travel: It's what??? Philadelphia's Mutter Museum is 'disturbingly ...
Waterloo Record
The nation's finest and oldest medical museum — it's celebrating its 150th anniversary March 4 — bills itself as "disturbingly informative" and that is ...

Waterloo Record

Friday, February 22, 2013

Bits on medical museums on 2 continents

This is from a first-time visitor to the National Museum of Health and Medicine, who reflects on medical care during the Civil War and today:
C'est la guerre: plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
by Donna McNeely Burke
In this article, a writer's favorite museum to revisit is the Welcome:
Literary City: Deborah Levy's London
Booker Prize–shortlisted author Deborah Levy takes us on a tour of her literary London. From her cozy garden shed to the medical museum she revisits to why you can wear a bikini on the bus and no one cares, she explores her city with Henry Krempels.
Feb 22, 2013

Why 'Lincoln' should win an Oscar for Best Picture...

...because there's a brief scene of General Daniel Sickles' leg on display at the Medical Museum. Sickles lost his leg at the battle of Gettysburg. The movie is inaccurate as it shows the leg still fully fleshed - which would have stunk amazingly as the flesh decayed off the bone. Instead Museum prepator Schafhirt would have cut and boiled the flesh off, and then wired the bones together so they looked like this picture.
Another scene of a pit of amputated limbs seems to have been influenced by RB Bontecou's photograph "Field Day." And here's the original label for Surgical Photograph 43, Sickle's "Right Tibia and Fibula comminuted by a Cannon Ball."

Upcoming lecture on Medical Museum in NY

What is a sense of place in relation to corporeal subjectivity? If an amputee leaves limb in one place and occupies body in another, how do we define place as rooted by personal location? Likewise if a nation is divided in two by war, what does it mean for a medical museum to display fragments of the bodies of honorable combatants and amputees? How does a museum shape our sense of self, our ideas about nationhood and place, and aid in collective mourning? I argue that the U.S. Army Medical Museum, founded in 1862 during the American Civil War, represented parts of the human body through practices of institutional display and within the pages of sponsored medical publications as both aesthetic objects and medically educational tools. Through an engagement with representations of corporeal fracture in the writings of S. Weir Mitchell and in period photography, lithography, and the field sketches of Winslow Homer, this paper argues that corporeal fracture - made evident within the walls of the U.S. Army Medical Museum and its publications - complicates fixed notions about placement and displacement during and after the American Civil War making living specimens out of some and offering a location for mourning for a nation.