Tag Archives: Turning the Pages

Larkspur July 08

July Blooms

By Ginny A. Roth   The image featured above is a botanical illustration of the flower, fruit, and seed of the Larkspur, the July birth flower, and one of the plants featured in Elizabeth Blackwell’s 1737 book A Curious Herbal. Elizabeth Blackwell (1707–1758) was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and moved to London after her marriage […]

A banner reading "UUU are Great Marshall" hung in a hallway. March 20

A Tribute to Marshall Nirenberg—David Serlin

On March 17, 2015, the National Library of Medicine held a special event, “A Tribute to Marshall Nirenberg,” the first of a “triplet” of events at NIH being held to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of his deciphering of the genetic code. View the event here. The program included presentations from his wife, Dr. Myrna Weissman, scholars, […]

A screenshot from the turning the pages interactive shown highlighting the UUU cell on the chart. March 19

A Tribute to Nirenberg—George Thoma

On March 17, 2015, the National Library of Medicine held a special event, “A Tribute to Marshall Nirenberg,” the first of a “triplet” of events at NIH being held to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of his deciphering of the genetic code. View the event here. The program included presentations from his wife, Dr. Myrna Weissman, scholars, and […]

Lindberg speaks at a podium in front of the entrance to the Against the Odds exhibition at the National Library of Medicine. March 05

Donald Lindberg: A Leadership Legacy for the Future

By Jeffrey S. Reznick At the end of this month, Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, Director of the National Library of Medicine since 1984, will retire from his position and leave a tremendous legacy that generations of the Library’s patrons will value for years to come. His progressive, future-oriented leadership, grounded by his understanding and respect […]

A complex hand drawn and colored chart labeled in Asian script and featuring many small boxes filled with text and stylized illustrations of a long green snake and a man with a snakes body holding a round red object in his hand. November 13

Mongolian Manuscript comes to Turning the Pages

By Michael J. North The latest addition to the Turning the Pages collection is a Mongolian manuscript entitled, Manual of Astrology and Divination. This colorfully illustrated handwritten book is part of the National Library of Medicine’s collection of about 50 manuscripts from Mongolia, many of them dealing with astrology, astronomy, and divination from a Buddhist […]

A woodcut illustration of large number of saws, knives, probes, scissors and other tools laid out on a table. April 09

Andreas Vesalius and De Fabrica

By Michael J. North This year we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Andreas Vesalius (1514–1564) who is best known for changing how we do medical research with his groundbreaking book, De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem (Seven Chapters on the Structure of the Human Body), published in 1543 and generally known as […]

August 30

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 A Curious Herbal. An herbal is a book of plants describing their appearance, their properties, and how they could be used for preparing ointments and medicines. The illustration, Plate 2 in […]