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Cover of the coloring book from the National Library of Medicine February 06

Color Our Collections – National Library of Medicine

By Ginny A. Roth In 2016, The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) launched a week-long, international, social media coloring event called, #ColorOurCollections, providing historical and cultural institutions the opportunity to share images from their collections in a new and interactive way. Inspired by the recent adult coloring book trend, the event allows participating institutions […]

Late 19th century advertisement for Dr. Seth Arnold's Cough Killer, featuring a little girl holding a dog. February 01

Cough Killer’s Secret Ingredient

By Ginny A. Roth Whereas the statement from Dr. Seth Arnold Medical Company on this late 19th century advertisement, “we are all liable to catch a cold at any moment” is true, the makers of Dr. Seth Arnold’s Cough Killer do not explicitly describe how the medicine will cure consumers of their ailments. This innocently-illustrated […]

Drawing of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. December 01

Trade Cards in The Fight Against AIDS

By Ginny A. Roth     World AIDS Day is an international observance held on December 1st each year and an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global […]

September 30

Autumn Highlights

By Ginny A. Roth The autumnal equinox has come and gone, and what lies ahead of us are cooler temperatures, falling leaves, and the beginning of the holiday season. The upcoming months also bring us national and international observances, holidays, and events, some familiar, some a bit obscure. In recognition of the season, we hope […]

Coloring book with a cartoon of a louse on the cover September 02

Color Me Healthy

By Ginny A. Roth More than just a tool to keep children occupied, coloring books provide an entertaining, friendly, and interactive medium that can simplify otherwise complicated health-related subjects. Important public-health issues are conveyed to children in coloring books in a way that can transform an unpleasant subject into an engaging learning opportunity. For instance, […]

Man being attacked by insects. July 26

Why me?

By Ginny A. Roth We’ve all been there. It’s finally time for that fun summer barbecue. You’re surrounded by family and friends, the weather is warm, the burgers are cooking, and nothing can ruin this perfect evening.  Well, almost nothing.  While you are lying on your deck chair, eyes closed, and having enjoyed your glorious […]

Image of a man with a toothache pointing out the tooth to a dentist. May 31

Images from the History of Medicine is Moving to NLM Digital Collections

By Ginny A. Roth   On June 1, 2016, Images from the History Medicine (IHM), the National Library of Medicine (NLM), History of Medicine Division’s (HMD) online database of historical images, will be decommissioned from its current Luna Imaging platform, and formally launched in its new home in NLM’s Digital Collections, the Library’s free online […]