Tag Archives: libraries

A handwritten page listing titles beginning with A. November 09

$150 for Medical Books 180 Years Later

By Kenneth M. Koyle Those who are familiar with the history of the National Library of Medicine know that the Library traces its roots to the U.S. Army Surgeon General’s Library. In 2011, the celebration of NLM’s 175th anniversary reminded us that our institution began in 1836. On this, the 180th anniversary, we take a […]

Romantic illustration of two figures with thier heads inclinded to each other. May 05

A Mughal Era Manuscript Curiously Illustrated

By Homira Pashai The National Library of Medicine is the home of many precious manuscripts belonging to the Indian Mughal era (16th–18th century). Among these manuscripts, there is a unique copy of Kitab-i fi al-tibb al-mansuri (Book on Medicine Dedicated to al-Mansur) by Muhammad Zakariya al-Razi (died 925 AD). Al-Razi’s text on the subject of […]

A Classified Record of Literature on Military Medicine and Surgery 1914-1917 November 05

Publications and the Army Medical Library around World War I

Dr. Sanders Marble spoke today at the National Library of Medicine on “Gathering and Spreading Knowledge: Publications and the Army Medical Library around World War I.” Dr. Marble is Senior Historian U.S. Army Office of Medical History. Circulating Now interviewed him about his work. Circulating Now: Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you […]

A color illustration of the courtyard between The Harvard Medical School and the Countway Medical Library. October 22

The Medical Library Assistance Act of 1965

By Elizabeth Fee In the two decades after World War II, America’s medical libraries were in very poor shape.  Funding for medical research and education had dramatically increased, but no such provision had been made for the libraries.  At the National Library of Medicine, created by the U.S. Congress in 1956 by transferring the Armed […]

A screenshot of the interactive map reature of the Directory. June 08

Where to Find History of Medicine Collections

By Crystal Smith Among the National Library of Medicine’s most versatile online historical resources is an interactive tool for locating history of medicine collections worldwide: the Directory of History of Medicine Collections.  Whether you’re a researcher, information specialist, collection manager, or medical history enthusiast, you will find the Directory to be a handy resource.  The […]

Students seated in front of the "A Voyage to Health" Exhibition banners listen to a man holding up a lai September 04

A Voyage to Health, a Connection to Communities

By Alicia Yanagihara When you think of the National Library of Medicine, what comes to mind? Is it a Polynesian canoe? That definitely wasn’t my first thought either, yet South Pacific seafaring traditions have a connection to the National Library of Medicine. When I found out I would be interning at NLM in the History […]

A concept sketch of the unbuilt National Library of Medicine June 12

Ground-Breaking Reflections: Melvin R. Laird

By Jeffrey Reznick During the sunny and warm afternoon of June 12, 1959, dignitaries gathered on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, to break ground for the National Library of Medicine (NLM). It was only a few years earlier that legislation proposed the transfer of the Library, then known as […]