By Erika Mills The month we celebrate presidential birthdays is upon us again! George Washington was born in Virginia on February 22, 1732. Until his
A Chocolate Valentine
By Michael J. North ~ Chocolate for Valentine’s Day shows affection, but chocolate also has a history as a medicine.
The Red Poppy: A Curious Herbal
By Laura McNulty and Ginny A. Roth ~ This image, rightly called “Red Poppy,” appears in the eighteenth century herbal by Elizabeth Blackwell (1707-1758) titled
How to… in the historical collections of NLM
By Michael Sappol The “how to” is an ancient genre. There are Egyptian how-to texts (in hieroglyphics) on how to prepare mummies; Sumerian how-tos (in