Tag Archives: hospitals

Glass slide with color image of a nightmare. April 20

Illuminating St. Elizabeths at the National Building Museum

Circulating Now welcomes guest blogger Sarah A. Leavitt, Curator at the National Building Museum. Her latest exhibition Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852-2017 includes materials on loan from NLM historical collections. They had me at “Nightmare Turtle.” The National Library of Medicine has a robust collection of scholarly books and fascinating pamphlets. But what […]

Detail the edge painting image. March 22

Art on the Edge

By Ken Koyle, Ginny Roth, and Krista Stracka Hedley Vicars was not a war hero. He was not a renowned strategist or tactician; his presence on the battlefield did not strike fear in the hearts of his enemies. In fact, Captain Hedley Vicars was killed by a Russian musket ball during his first direct combat […]

Enlarged view of patient record page with Mansion House Hospital heading. January 19

Mercy Street’s Mansion House Hospital

By Stephen J. Greenberg Mercy Street, the popular PBS series now entering its second season, tells the complicated story of a U.S. Army hospital during the American Civil War.  The story is told from many points of view: doctors, nurses, soldiers, patients, including such usually under-represented groups as escaped slaves (“contraband,” as they were called) […]

October 20

The Punitive Expedition, 1916

By Stephen J. Greenberg The political situation in Mexico, always a matter of great concern to the United States, was particularly volatile in late 1915 and early 1916.  There were several revolutionary armies in the field, fighting the remnants of the government of Victoriano Huerta as well as each other.  The fragmented opposition, with a […]

A color halftone printed postcard showing two small figures and a sweeping landscape of mountains, lakes and evergreen forest. August 25

America’s National Parks: Preserved for Public Health

By Anne Rothfeld The National Park Service (NPS) celebrates its centennial on August 25, 2016.  From Maine to Hawaii, the breadth of NPS includes parks, seashores, monuments, Indian reservations, and historic sites.  America’s parks are filled with an abundance of natural wonders: glaciers and rivers, flora and fauna, animals and insects, canyons and sand dunes, […]

In a skylit room about twenty men in white coats crane to observe surgeons and nurses working. June 14

The Origins and Evolution of the Mayo Clinic

Bruce Fye will give the annual James H. Cassedy Memorial Lecture on June 22, 2016 at the National Library of Medicine on “The Origins and Evolution of the Mayo Clinic from 1864 to 1939: A Minnesota Family Practice Becomes an International ‘Medical Mecca.’” Dr. Fye is an emeritus professor of medicine and the history of medicine […]

A gold embossed leather cover with brass clasps titled Photographs. May 27

Memories of the Civil War

By Stephen J. Greenberg Although the American Civil War was not the first armed conflict to be extensively photographed (that dubious distinction belongs to the Crimean War of 1853–1856, where Great Britain and France fought with Russia over control of the Black Sea and access to the Eastern Mediterranean), the conflict between North and South […]