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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
 
 


 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Civil War images on Flickr

Before I left the Museum, I got a few hundred of the Civil War photographs online. An article featuring them went online today.






Hyperallergic
Civil War Portraits of the Broken Bodies Sent Home
On the National Museum of Health and Medicine's Flickr Commons, portraits of these wounded soldiers show the grim resilience, military pride, and ...









Friday, October 17, 2014

Battlefield Surgery 101 catalog available electronically for the first time

Battlefield Surgery 101: From The Civil War To Vietnam


Part 1
Patient Flow in a Theater of Operations
Dave Ed. Lounsbury, MD, FACP
Colonel, Medical Corps, US Army
Director, Borden Institute (Office of The Surgeon General, US Army)

Part 2
Twentieth Century Warfare and the Evolution of American Battlefield Surgery
Ronald F. Bellamy, MD , FACS
Colonel, US Army, Retired
Military Medical Editor, Borden Institute (Office of The Surgeon General, US Army)

Part 3
Selected Photographs From BATTLEFIELD SURGERY 101: From the Civil War to Vietnam based on the Exhibit by J. T. H. Connor, Michael G. Rhode, and J. Carey Crane

This catalogue was prepared by the Borden Institute (Office of The Surgeon General, US Army) in support of the exhibit BATTLEFIELD SURGERY 101: FROM THE CIVIL WAR TO VIETNAM at the National Museum of Health and Medicine of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology

Thursday, October 9, 2014

World War I lecture by Army medical historian online



The audio and slides from W. Sanders Marble's lecture, "Mending The Casualties of WWI: The Army Rehabilitates The Wounded, 1918-1920," has been posted to the Bullitt History of Medicine Club website: http://www.med.unc.edu/bhomc/schedule-of-speakers/sched

Michael North of NLM interviewed

Early Latin American Medicine in the NLM Collections

by Circulating Now
http://circulatingnow.nlm.nih.gov/2014/10/08/early-latin-american-medicine-in-the-nlm-collections/

Michael J. North spoke today at the National Library of Medicine in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month on "Early Latin American Medicine in the NLM Collections." Mr. North is Head of Rare Books and Early Manuscripts in the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine. Circulating Now interviewed him about his work.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Dr Francis Medical Museum news

State commission to consider handing over ownership of Jacksonville museum
Officials of the Alabama Historical Commission will meet Tuesday to discuss the possibility of handing over the Dr. Francis Medical Museum — the ...

Monday, October 6, 2014

Medical Heritage Library User Survey

The Medical Heritage Library is looking to gain first-hand information from our users. We've designed a very short – really! – survey that you can find here: http://www.medicalheritage.org/2014-user-survey/ It should only take about ten minutes at most to complete.

 

We want to know how people are finding our collection and what they're using in it – or what they're not using in it because it isn't there. Please help us get to know our users better and plan more intelligently for the future of our collaboration.

 


Sunday, October 5, 2014

VOA looks at the Mutter Museum

Get 'Disturbingly Informed' at Museum of Medical Monstrosities
Mega Colon, or Hirschprung's Disease, occurs when the muscles receive no signals to contract and move waste through the system, causing chronic ...

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sept 23: The Visual Culture of Medicine & Its Objects

Symposium

The Visual Culture of Medicine & Its Objects

September 23, 2014

Riggs Library, Georgetown University

Organizers: Keren Hammerschlag (Georgetown University),

Michael Sappol (National Library of Medicine)

 

 

 

                                                                          

 

 

 

 

The Department of Art & Art History at Georgetown University, in collaboration with the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine (National Institutes of Health), presents an interdisciplinary symposium dedicated to critically and creatively examining medical objects, broadly conceived. Presenters from diverse scholarly and professional backgrounds will undertake close readings of medical objects in a variety of media and genres—book illustrations, paintings, sculptures, pamphlets, photographs, instruments, motion pictures and more—from the collections of the National Library of Medicine, Georgetown University, and other repositories. Our aim is to encourage new ways of engaging with objects that sit at the intersection between art and medicine. The outcome, we hope, will be a broadened conception of how the visual and notions of visuality function or falter in medical practice past and present.  The program can be found online at http://art.georgetown.edu/story/1242756485205.html


All welcome but numbers are limited. Please register by emailing: keren.hammerschlag@georgetown.edu

 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sept 2: NLM History of Medicine Lecture

Dear Colleagues,
 
You are cordially invited to the next NLM History of Medicine lecture, to be held on Tuesday, September2, from 2pm to 3pm in the Lister Hill Auditorium, Building 38A, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD. Dr. Julia Hallam, University of Liverpool, will help celebrate the opening of NLM's newest exhibition, Pictures of Nursing: the Zwerdling Postcard Collection. The project encompasses a special display, future traveling banner exhibition, an online presence with education resources, and a digital gallery highlighting 585 postcards from the Zwerdling collection of postcards about nurses and nursing. Dr. Hallam will discuss her work with the collection and the exhibit.
 
All are welcome.
 
Sign language interpretation is provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate may contact Kenneth Koyle at 301-496-5407, e-mail ken.koyle@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:
Kenneth M. Koyle
Deputy Chief
History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine, NIH

Tuesday, August 19, 2014