Tag Archives: advocacy

Faye Abdullah holds a plaque next to Koop, in uniform, in an office in front of flags. March 24

Faye Glenn Abdellah: Nurse, Officer, Educator

By Douglas Atkins In honor of Women’s History Month, Circulating Now pays tribute today, to Rear Admiral and Nurse, Dr. Faye Glenn Abdellah, Ed.D., LL.D., Sc.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. who died last month at the age of 97. At a time when Flag Officership among health care professionals within the uniformed services remained strictly the purview […]

An artists portait of Susan Coley Nauts seated in front of a bookshelf. April 19

Helen Coley Nauts: Advocate for Immunotherapy

By Douglas Atkins Helen Coley Nauts (1907–2001) was the daughter of a prominent physician and surgeon whom many consider to be the Father of Immunotherapy for cancer, Dr. William Bradley Coley (1862–1936). Dr. Coley treated hundreds of cancer patients in his career, initially by utilizing live bacterial toxins, which in turn activated an immune response […]

Detail of engraving style illustration of a woman holding up a hand in defense. March 08

Change is Possible

This post is the last in a series exploring the history of nursing and domestic violence from the guest blogger Catherine Jacquet, Assistant Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies at Louisiana State University and guest curator of NLM’s exhibition Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives. By the early 1990s, change was on the horizon. […]

A man in a naval uniform poses outside a brick building. November 10

A Pharmacist’s Mate First Class

By John Rees In celebration of Veteran’s Day, the Archives and Modern Manuscripts program highlights the recent acquisition of the Charles Henry Stevens Papers, 1945–1946, selections of which are currently on display in our reading room at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD. The collection was generously donated by his nephew via the […]

Demonstrators hold signs. November 04

For All the People

Dr. Beatrix Hoffman is Professor of History at Northern Illinois University and guest curator of NLM’s newest exhibition, For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform. Health care reform has been associated with presidents and national leaders, but communities, workers, activists, and health care professionals have made their voices heard […]

A man at a podium points to a poster in front of an audience of about 50. July 30

Medicare and Medicaid at 50

By Lisa Lang For most Americans today, Medicare and Medicaid have been in existence all their lives. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, conducted in Spring 2015 in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid, found that most adults find both programs to be very important, and more than eight […]

A simple bar graph style chart titled American War Deaths and ranking deaths from various wars in comparison to AIDS deaths, with AIDS at 319,849 (through 1995) and World War Two at 291,557. December 01

Surviving and Thriving: The Making of an Exhibition

Dr. Jennifer Brier spoke today at the National Library of Medicine on “Surviving and Thriving: The Making of an Exhibition.” Dr. Brier is director of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Circulating Now interviewed her about her work. Circulating Now: Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? […]