By Lindsay Franz ~ Pumpkin season is upon us! Pumpkin flavored coffee, candles, lotions and even beer are everywhere as soon as the season of
An interview with Melissa B. Reynolds, PhD on her NLM History Talk and her research on 15th-century medical manuscripts.
By Anne Rothfeld ~ Culinary historians have traced the origins of egg-nog to the medieval British punch called “posset,” warm milk curdled with alcohol such
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 Margaret Kaiser ~ The National Library of Medicine recently acquired a rare manuscript related to the Ancient Greek physician Galen. It is an Articella—a
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.
Dr. Henry Swan was a pioneering cardiac surgeon and a talented artist, cook, and gardener as well.
By Margaret Kaiser ~ The Library has recently acquired a very rare pharmacopeia. Nicolò Gervasi’s Antidotarium Panormitanum (Palermo book of antidotes) published in Palermo, Italy
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 Margaret Kaiser ~ Herbs have been grown and used as medicine for thousands of years. Le Traicte des eaues artificielles les vertus & propriétés