A New Look for Circulating Now


You may have noticed…Circulating Now has an exciting new look!

In the almost four years since we began, we’ve been thrilled by the success of this blog as demonstrated by the many thoughtful, inquisitive, and positive comments from you, our readers. As stewards of the National Library of Medicine’s historical collections it is our continuous pleasure—and our ongoing responsibility—to keep you informed about the rich and diverse material held here in the public trust. We hope that you are, like us, continually amazed and inspired by the stories in the collections, revealed by the voices and perspectives of our many authors, and the continuing relevance of these stories to the human condition, current events, and daily life.

We’ve come a long way and we’re taking the next step with a new design based on feedback we have received. Be assured, all of the content, features, and function you’ve come to expect remain the same.  This redesign makes a few changes intended to improve your reading experience including:

  • Cleaner menu and search
  • Improved navigation
  • Larger more readable font

We plan to be “circulating” the collections to the world in this way for years to come, encouraging new audiences to discover them for the first time, inspiring our longtime readers to return for more, and, always, opening new windows onto the past, present, and future of disease and health. We hope you like the new design and look forward to hearing what you think.

A fond farewell

Wishing a fond farewell to the images that defined the original Circulating Now…click on the links below to learn more about the collections they represent:

Learn more about these collection items

  1. Mandrake in Hortus Sanitatis, 1491 in Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine Exhibition
  2. Barbara McClintock in lab, 1947 in The Barbara McClintock Papers in Profiles in Science
  3. Fritz Khan, Der Mensch als Industriepalast (Man as Industrial Palace), 1926 in Dream Anatomy Exhibition
  4. Commandments for Health, 1945 in Medical Movies on the Web
  5. Xun huan xi tong, 1933 in Images from the History of Medicine in NLM Digital Collections
  6. Illustration from Dimier’s Physionomies et physiologies, 1930 in Images from the History of Medicine in NLM Digital Collections
  7. Eli Lilly & Co., Indianapolis, Indiana: First Pill Coating Department in Images from the History of Medicine in NLM Digital Collections
  8. Detail from composite photograph of Francis Crick lecturing, ca. 1979 in The Francis Crick papers in Profiles in Science
  9. Paolo Mascagni, Anatomia universale…, 1833 in Dream Anatomy Exhibition
  10. Arrête la cigarette, ca. 1995 in Images from the History of Medicine in NLM Digital Collections
  11. Charles Drew with the first mobile blood collecting unit, 1941 in The Charles R. Drew Papers in Profiles in Science
  12. Elizabeth Blackwell, A Curious Herbal, 1739-39 in Turning the Pages
  13. “200 Amputations – 24 Hours”, ca. 1900 in Images from the History of Medicine in NLM Digital Collections
  14. Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy, 1628 in “And there’s the humor of it”: Shakespeare and the Four Humors Exhibition

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