Surgeon General William Stewart with Rebecca Ansah Asamoah

Ready… Set… CLICK!

By Ginny A. Roth

Surgeon General William Stewart with Rebecca Ansah Asamoah, recipient of the 25 millionth smallpox inoculation.
Surgeon General William Stewart with Rebecca Ansah Asamoah, recipient of the 25 millionth smallpox inoculation, 1968
National Library of Medicine #A018285

After a long winter, Spring is greeted with much anticipation. There is no better time to dust off those cameras, head outside into the sunshine and unleash your creativity behind the lens.

May is National Photography Month (NPM) in the United States. NPM was officially recognized by Congress in 1987 as a month-long event to celebrate photographers and the images they capture, and promote education, activities and a little friendly competition.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has in its holdings in a diverse collection of photographic formats ranging from magic lantern slides to modern day black and white prints.  Images date back to the Civil War and document historic and compelling moments in medical history. In honor of NPM, we take this opportunity to showcase some of the photographs from the historical collections at NLM.

More photographs can be viewed in the National Library of Medicine’s Images from the History of Medicine database.

 

portrait of Ginny outside Ginny A. Roth is the Curator of Prints & Photographs in the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine.

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