Patent medicines were in fact rarely patented. In the 19th century, the term came to refer to the unregulated commercial remedies that were available to consumers without a prescription.
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
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
By Anne Rothfeld Want an intriguing dessert from the past to satisfy your present day holiday palate? Serve the syllabub: a cream-based treat, mixed with
By Margaret Kaiser ~ It is Christmas eve, a Christmas with no presents and the loss of the family home, until a surprising visitor appears…
For many people today, the outdoors’ tranquility and expansiveness serves as a tonic to calm nerves and revive energy.
By Stephen J. Greenberg ~ Although the American Civil War was not the first armed conflict to be extensively photographed (that dubious distinction belongs to
By Karen Falk and Jeffrey S. Reznick During the past few years, the NLM History of Medicine Division has loaned items from its collections for
By Atalanta Grant-Suttie The journal is so much a part of the current apparatus of scholarly communication that one never really thinks where and how
Circulating Now welcomes guest blogger Yi-Li Wu. Dr. Wu is a Center Associate of the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan,