Dr. Henry Swan was a pioneering cardiac surgeon and a talented artist, cook, and gardener as well.
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.
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
In the 1950s, the CDC produced a food-handling film series demonstrating what—and what not—to do when storing and preparing food.
Psyche Williams-Forson, PhD, will speak at 2 PM on November 3 at the National Library of Medicine on “Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in
By Anne Rothfeld ~ The dandelion—a quaint, yellow-flowered, perennial herb loathed by homeowners and gardeners—was once praised for its many useful properties: its roots for
On April 11-13, 2016, the National Library of Medicine will host the workshop “Images and Texts in Medical History: An Introduction to Methods, Tools, and
By Anne Rothfeld ~ Looking for a festive drink with historical origins? Prepare a pitcher of shrub to serve when guests arrive.