Tag Archives: America

John E. Fogarty with Melvin Laird on the U.S. Capitol steps. ca. 1960. September 25

“Mr. Public Health”—John E. Fogarty, Medical Research, and Health Care

By Susan Speaker In January of 1941, a twenty-seven year old Rhode Island bricklayer named John Edward Fogarty began his first term in the U.S. Congress. A union member and New Deal Democrat, Representative Fogarty was determined to be an aggressive advocate for labor interests. He probably never imagined that he would become known instead […]

A flattened lead ball mounted in a case under glass. April 16

The Lincoln Autopsy

By Jill L. Newmark and Roxanne Beatty This week, Circulating Now marks a pivotal event in American history with a short series of posts. 150 years ago on April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in a crowded theater in Washington DC. On April 15th he died and an autopsy was performed. Several doctors supported […]

AN engraving of a wallpapered room in which people stand and sit around the bed where the President lays. April 15

Lincoln’s Last Hours

By Jill L. Newmark This week, Circulating Now marks a pivotal event in American history with a short series of posts. 150 years ago on April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in a crowded theater in Washington DC. On April 15th he died and an autopsy was performed. Several doctors supported Lincoln in his […]

President Lincoln lying in bed at the Petersen house surrounded by physicians. April 14

A Day that Changed American History

By Roxanne Beatty and Jill L. Newmark This week, Circulating Now marks a pivotal event in American history with a short series of posts. 150 years ago on April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in a crowded theater in Washington DC. On April 15th he died and an autopsy was performed. Several doctors supported […]

September 10

Rare Footage of FDR at NIH

By Rebecca C. Warlow On October 31, 1940, just days before President Franklin Delano Roosevelt would be elected to an unprecedented third term as President of the United States, he traveled to Bethesda to dedicate the National Cancer Institute and the new campus of what was then the National Institute of Health (NIH), before it […]

A Discourse, Delivered on the 26th of November, 1795. November 26

Giving Thanks

By Elizabeth A. Mullen and Jeffrey S. Reznick In the NLM’s History of Medicine Division, we have a lot to be thankful for this season. During the past year, we have completed a number of great projects, many of which have been featured here on Circulating Now. And the blog is itself one of the […]

Detail of the title page of President Garfield's autopsy report stamped Surgeon General's Library. September 20

“The President is Somewhat Restless…”: Aftermath

By Jeffrey S. Reznick and Lenore Barbian The Beginning of the End While the ocean air of Elberon initially caused some improvement in Garfield’s condition, and he was delighted to be near the sea, he eventually took a turn for the worse, complaining of chills, fever, a troublesome cough, and weakness. The bulletins of his […]