By Anne Rothfeld ~ Culinary historians have traced the origins of egg-nog to the medieval British punch called “posset,” warm milk curdled with alcohol such
Posts highlighting the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine
Lawrence Kolb—Mental Health as Public Health
By Susan L. Speaker ~ The National Library of Medicine recently launched a new Profiles in Science site featuring psychiatrist Lawrence Kolb (1881–1972). This Profile
By Erika Mills ~ People have studied and speculated about the innerworkings of the body for millennia, but there had been few efforts to illustrate
An Epidemiological Expedition, 1954
By Paul Theerman ~ Reconnaissance for Yellow Fever in the Nuba Mountains, Southern Sudan, 1954 is one of the several dozen films that Dr. Telford
Coffee Rationing During World War II
By Anne Rothfeld ~ Coffee shops today are ubiquitous: nearly every street corner, airport, hotel, grocery store offers coffee in a myriad of forms. Yet,
The Films of Virologist Telford Work
Explore a new addition to Medicine on Screen: Films and Essays from NLM, a curated, freely-accessible portal presenting digitized historical titles from the Library’s world-renowned audiovisuals collection.
What’s in a Web Archive Collection? Summarization and Discovery of Archived Webpages
An interview with Michele C. Weigle, PhD, on her NLM History Talk and her research on tools for improving capture and discovery of content in web archives.
Life after Lockdown: Pandemic Perspectives from Peru
An interview with Kathleen Kole de Peralta, PhD on her NLM History Talk and her efforts to collect pandemic stories in ethical, inclusive ways.
Night-Mares in the Stacks
By Nicole Baker ~ For centuries, sleep paralysis has afflicted people around the world. Known colloquially in English as “old hag” syndrome, sleep paralysis has
Socio-Cultural Responses within India during Times of Pandemic Disease
An interview with John Mathew, PhD on his NLM History Talk and his work on cultural memories of pandemics in India.