history of medicine
SOURCE: National Library of Medicine
National Library of Medicine Announces 2022 History Talks
NLM History Talks promote awareness and use of NLM and related historical collections for research, education, and public service in biomedicine, the social sciences, and the humanities.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
A Historical Lesson in Disease Containment
Tuberculosis sanatoriums offered patients fresh air, entertainment, and socialization—for those who could afford them.
Professor probes mental disorders in the ancient world
William Harris is studying ancient Greece and Rome through the lens of mental illness.
Peter C. Doherty: Pandemics Have Had "Enormous Influence" on History [INTERVIEW]
by Robin Lindley
The Nobel Prize-winning immunologist has just published "Pandemics: What Everyone Needs to Know."
SOURCE: The Guardian
Where Did Syphilis Come From?
Did Columbus and his sailors really transport the bacterium back from the New World?
First Long-Term Study of Chronic Diseases in U.S. Threatened by Sequestration
by Alison Bateman-House
The Framingham Heart Study, which has been collecting data since 1948, faces a 40 percent budget cut thanks to congressional deadlock.
The Life and Times of Ancient Rome’s Most Prominent Physician
by Robin Lindley
Historian Susan Mattern on her new biography of Galen.
California's Dark History of Eugenics and Compulsory Sterilization
by Alexandra Minna Stern and Tony Platt
20,000 patients in more than ten institutions were sterilized in California from 1909 to 1979.
SOURCE: Darin Hayton's Blog
Darin Hayton: Edward Shorter Doubles Down on His Criticism of Historians of Science
Darin Hayton is a historian of early modern science at Haverford College.
SOURCE: Press release
National Library of Medicine launches new biomedical history blog
The NLM's History of Medicine Division has launched a new blog, Circulating Now, to encourage greater exploration and discovery of one of the world's largest and most treasured history of medicine collections. Encompassing millions of items that span ten centuries, these collections include items in just about every form one can imagine—from books, journals, and photographs, to lantern slides, motion picture films, film strips, video tapes, audio recordings, pamphlets, ephemera, portraits, woodcuts, engravings, etchings, and lithographs. The NLM's historical collections also include items from the present day: born-digital materials and rich data sets—like the millions of records in its IndexCat database—that are ripe for exploration through traditional research methods and new ones that are emerging in the current climate of "big data" and the digital humanities.
How Memory Works: Interview with Psychologist Daniel L. Schacter
by Robin Lindley
Image via Shutterstock.Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today’s events.--Albert EinsteinMemory is the stuff of history. Historians rely on the memories of individuals as they seek and discover the facts and stories from which we create our public memory. Thus, knowledge from a scientific perspective of how human memory works can be instructive to historians.
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune
Dr. Hannelore Loevy Taschini, dentist and dental historian, 1932-2013
Dr. Hannelore Loevy Taschini, a pediatric dentist who taught for more than four decades at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, was also a dental historian, editor and author."She was a nationally recognized historian of the dental profession who preserved the history of women in our profession for posterity," Bruce Graham, the school's dean, said in a statement....
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