Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Aug 20: Stanley Burns speaks at new Gettysburg PA medical museum

From: Stanley Burns

I will be giving the inaugural address at the opening of a new Civil War medical museum in Gettysburg, at the The Daniel Lady Farm. The farm and Barn was a Confederate staging area during the battle and now will be dedicated as part a new medical museum. I will be lecturing and also supervising an amputation. There will be re-enactors for various events.

The Daniel Lady farm on July 2, 1863  served as a staging area for Major General Edward Johnson's divisions of Confederate regiments for the attack on the Union Flank at Culps Hill. The farm was converted to a field hospital by July 3rd for seriously wounded Confederates who were then left at the hospital as the Confederates retreated south after the battle.

I will be lecturing on the amazing medical photographs of wounded soldiers taken by Dr Reed Brockway Bontecou, Surgeon-In-Charge of Harewood US Army General Hospital Washington DC, as well as my work as the on set medical consultant to PBS's Civil War drama, Mercy Street.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June 22: NLM James H. Cassedy History of Medicine Lecture

Dear Colleagues,


You are cordially invited to the next NLM History of Medicine lecture, to be held on Wednesday, June 22, from 2 pm to 3pm in the NLM Lister Hill Auditorium, Building 38A, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD.  For this year's James H. Cassedy Memorial Lecture, W. Bruce Fye, MD, MA, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and the History of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, will speak on "The Origins and Evolution of the Mayo Clinic from 1864 to 1939: A Minnesota Family Practice Becomes an International 'Medical Mecca'"

This presentation will describe the origins and international impact of the Mayo Clinic through 1939, the year that William J. and Charles H. Mayo died. Multispecialty group practice was invented at Mayo at the beginning of the twentieth century. A visiting Canadian surgeon wrote in 1906, "Specialization and cooperation, with the best that can be had in each department, is here the motto. Cannot these principles be tried elsewhere?" Dr. Fye will address the Mayo Clinic's major (and underappreciated) role in the development of rigorous postgraduate (specialty) training. Unlike traditional academic medical centers that emphasize research, Mayo's main mission has always been patient care. This patient-centered activity has been undertaken in an environment enriched by extensive programs devoted to specialty training and clinical research. The clinic's long-standing culture of collaboration is cited as one of the key ingredients of its success.

This lecture will be live-streamed globally, and subsequently archived, by NIH VideoCasting:


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).


In addition, we warmly welcome you to visit our blog, "Circulating Now," where you can learn more about the collections and related programs of the History of Medicine Division of the NLM:


Here also you can read interviews with previous lecturers:


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, June 10, 2016

Job opening at NMHM

Medical Museum Job announcement:
There is a rare opening at the National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM) for someone with the right combination of skills (osteology, anatomy, museum collections management.) Application period closes June 22.


Defense Health Agency

Monday, May 16, 2016

Edinburgh University's Anatomical Museum has an app

Grisly medical museum opens to virtual world for first time

STV  May 16 2016

The Macabre artefacts from Scotland's medical history will be virtually on show for the first time.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The 2016 Spurgeon Neel Award open for submissions

 The Army Medical Department Museum Foundation is pleased to announce the 2016 Spurgeon Neel Annual Award competition for a paper of 5,000 words or less that best exemplifies the history, legacy, and traditions of the Army Medical Department.

Named in honor of Major General (Retired) Spurgeon H. Neel, first Commanding General of Health Services Command (now U.S. Army Medical Command), the award competition is open to all federal employees, military and civilian, as well as nongovernmental civilian authors. More information about MG (Ret) Neel can be found at

The AMEDD Museum Foundation will present a special medallion award and a $500 monetary prize to the winner at a Foundation-sponsored event early in 2017. The winning submission will be published in the AMEDD Journal during 2017.

All manuscripts must be submitted to the AMEDD Museum Foundation by September 30, 2016. At the time of submission, a manuscript must be original work and not pending publication in any other periodical. It must conform to the Writing and Submission Guidance of the AMEDD Journal, and must relate to the history, legacy, and/or traditions of the Army Medical Department. Manuscripts will be reviewed and evaluated by a six-member board with representatives from the AMEDD Museum Foundation, the AMEDD Center of History and Heritage, and the AMEDD Journal. The winning manuscript will be selected and announced in December 2016.

Submit manuscripts to  Additional details concerning the Spurgeon Neel Annual Award may be obtained by contacting Mrs. Sue McMasters at the AMEDD Museum Foundation, 210-226-0265.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Archivist and curator jobs open at NMHM
Job Title:  

Department:  Department of Defense
Agency:  Defense Health Agency
Job Announcement Number:  NW61420-12-1647011K3344639D

$77,490.00 to $100,736.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 to Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Silver Spring, MD View Map
Department:  Department of Defense
Agency:  Defense Health Agency
Hiring Organization:  DEFENSE HEALTH AGENCY
Job Announcement Number:  NW61015-14-1644127K3339517D

$108,887.00 to $141,555.00 / Per Year
Friday, March 4, 2016 to Friday, March 11, 2016
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Silver Spring, MD View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Grog, A Journal of Navy Medical History and Culture--Issue 44

It is with great pleasure that we offer you the latest ration of The Grog, A Journal of Navy Medical History and Culture. In this edition we look back at the Navy's fight against tuberculosis in the decades before antibiotics. Partly inspired by the work of a tubercular physician in the Adirondacks and a new method of treatment he popularized, in 1906 the Navy established a
special hospital in a landlocked state that served only tubercular Sailors and Marines.  In our cover story we revisit this vanguard institution and look at the innovative methods for treating the so-called "incurables." We follow this story with an eclectic line-up of articles including our latest installment of our "year in review" series, as well as  first-hand accounts of independent hospital corps duty in the South Pole and the curious, but true tale of how a Navy physician used a sigmoidoscope to save (USS) America.

As always, we hope you enjoy this tour of the high seas of Navy Medicine's past!

The Grog is accessible through the link below.  PDF versions are available upon request. Those currently on the PDF Mailing list will receive a separate e-mail.

Very Respectfully,

André B. Sobocinski
Communications Directorate (M09B7)
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED)
Tel:  (703) 681-2473

Got Navy Medical History?

Friday, February 19, 2016

New Orleans' Pharmacy Museum profiled

Opium-soaked tampons, voodoo elixirs and leeches: welcome to New Orleans' Pharmacy Museum

Located in the townhouse of the US's first licensed pharmacist, this lively, macabre, cringe-inducing museum provides a refreshing re-contextualization of its many artifacts and an unflinching encounter with our mortality

Friday 16 January 2015

Coyle collection uploaded to Medical Heritage Library

The collection consists of a mug, photographs, and papers from Zelma "Suzie" Coyle, who served as a nurse on the USS Haven (AH-12) hospital ship during the Korean War.

Scanned and online here are instructions to medical officers upon joining the Haven, her letters home to her mother and her photographs.

72 items are available at this link -

Unfortunately the link was autogenerated, so doesn't make much sense in as a human term.

Only part of the collection was digitized and uploaded. Coyle's service record and her annotated copy of the Haven's cruise book have not been scanned. The originals of her letters remain with her family and BUMED was provided with digital copies.