A map of the continental United States with blue dots. February 21

The Power of Aggregation

By John Rees We all appreciate the convenience of the modern shopping experience. Who doesn’t love visiting a local farmer’s market on a Saturday morning to browse all the variety of local produce and meats from nearby farms, or logging in to your favorite online shopping site to find that perfect shoe for a fancy […]

An illustratration of a man bowing to a woman under a canopy in the desert in silhouette. February 14

The Lay of the Lonesome Lung, 1881

By Krista Stracka Since the end December, the aisles of most drug stores have been awash in red and pink products in anticipation of today, Valentine’s Day, a holiday often expressed through gift-giving—a retailer’s favorite tradition. The flood of love-themed commercials, advertisements, circulars, billboards, and clickbait pour in on every side through today hopeful to […]

Men in scrubs lift a person onto a stability board while others watch. February 07

Collaboration and Curation

Loren Miller, PhD, will speak at 2 PM on February 14 at the NIH Natcher Conference Center on “Collaboration and Curation: Creating the Exhibition Collaboration and Care.” Dr. Miller is guest curator of NLM’s exhibition Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care and a Curatorial Assistant at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. […]

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 […]

A four story brick building with a covered porch on a wide dirt road and a wooden stockade fence to one side. January 26

Behind the Scenes on Mercy Street

Circulating Now readers recently learned about a unique register of patients from Mansion House Hospital dating from the 1860s and 1870s, which NLM holds in its collections alongside many other materials from that era, and about our exhibitions that helped to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Today, we feature an interview with […]

Enlarged view of patient record page with Mansion House Hospital heading. January 19

Mercy Street’s Mansion House Hospital

By Stephen J. Greenberg Mercy Street, the popular PBS series now entering its second season, tells the complicated story of a U.S. Army hospital during the American Civil War.  The story is told from many points of view: doctors, nurses, soldiers, patients, including such usually under-represented groups as escaped slaves (“contraband,” as they were called) […]