Welcome to a virtual tour of the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine. Today we are featuring collections about nutrition.
By Kenneth M. Koyle ~ January is National Soup Month, and for obvious reasons. This is the middle of winter for those of us in
By Ashley Chang ~ For millennia, mothers around the world have made great sacrifices to ensure the survival of their children. These efforts have changed
Andrew Ruis, PhD, on his article in the new open-access book Viral Networks: Connecting Digital Humanities and Medical History
By Ginny A. Roth ~ Today is Valentines Day, a day associated with hearts. In fact, the entire month of February is American Heart Month.
Recipe books from the 18th century hold a combination of food recipes, herbal remedies, and other such household creations thought to improve health. Powell’s “ginger bread” recipe includes ingredients easily found in today’s grocery store and provides measures still in use today.
By Susan L. Speaker ~ August, as every gardener knows, is tomato time. Suddenly all the plants are full of ripe fruit (yes, tomatoes are
By Mary E. Fissell ~ Originally published in Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine, 2011. In 1693 Elizabeth Strachey (ca. 1670–1722) wrote her name on
By John Rees Cookbooks and recipe books have always been popular with students of history and family genealogy. They are tangible artifacts of past lives
Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America recognizes the ways in which meals can tell us how power is exchanged between and among different peoples, races, genders, and classes.