The bat an essential symbol of Halloween, its silhouette found carved into pumpkins and decorating windows each season. This fascinating little mammal is often underappreciated despite the vital role they play in human health.
Tag: Conrad Gessner
Reflections on History and Harry Potter
By Jill L. Newmark ~ One of the joys of working in the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine is engaging
An Early Look at the Turkey
Turkeys were one of many animals and plants the Europeans encountered in the New World beginning in 1492. In 1555, Conrad Gessner described the Turkey in the third volume of his famous zoological work, Historiae Animalium.
Early Studies of Animals
By Michael J. North Some of the oldest materials in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine are on the subject of natural