Quack Cure Refuted!
Summer 2013 saw the launch of a new digital collection from the National Library of Medicine, Medical Movies on the Web. The first item added to this collection is the Reward of Courage which is a silent film produced by the American Society for the Control of Cancer (which would become the American Cancer Society). Read more about the film at Circulating Now, an informational website from the History of Medicine Division of NLM.
As of this moment, the collection only includes 4 titles, but one of them is directed by and stars Gene Kelly! The 1945 Combat Fatigue Irritability is just over 35 minutes long. Despite it’s matter of fact name, the NLM information says it “is one of the best military productions of the war. It features a good script, score, editing, direction, and superb acting by an uncredited cast…”
It was always exciting to go digging around in your grandparent’s attic as a kid. You never know what you might find; old photos, love letters and toys, maybe a treasure map to lost pirate gold.
Imagine if you got to dig around in all the old stuff the National Library of Medicine has laying around. Now you can catch a glimpse of their weird, wacky and wonderful collection.
Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine is a beautiful and fascinating new book. Check out a New York Times review or have a look yourself. The book is available in the Isché Library stacks and as an EBook online from NLM.
Today is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. The war is significant to the history of medicine because of the advances made in medicine during the conflict.
Also of significance are the institutions which were founded in the Civil War’s aftermath: the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine, and the Index Catalogue of the Surgeon-General’s Office, the pre-cursor to the modern MEDLINE.
The National Library of Medicine offers a couple of Civil War exhibits:
Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War (2011)
Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine (2010)