Case Closed: “Visible Proofs,” Popular Forensic Exhibit, Shuts Its Doors

One of the NLM’s most popular recent exhibitions, Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body, closed on February 25, 2008.

Visible Proofs depicted the history of forensic medicine, and how over the centuries, physicians, surgeons, and other professionals struggled to develop scientific methods that translated views of bodies and body parts into “visible proofs” that judges, juries, and the public could accept as valid.

A series of online activities included: Medical Views, which explored the world of the medical examiner; anthropological views, which showed forensic anthropologists at work; and Technological Views, which offered insights into the scientific and technological advances of forensic analysis.

Resources for students, teachers, and forensic professionals further complemented the history, people, science, and technology of forensics. A K-12 bibliography of fiction and non-fiction books gave short descriptions and recommended grade levels, and list several educational videos. A list of radio interviews and Web links provided additional pathways for exploring the subject.

Visible Proofs was made possible with assistance from:

  • Lenore Barbian, PhD, National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC
  • Marcella F. Fierro, MD, Office of Chief Medical Examiner, Richmond, VA
  • David Fowler, MD, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Baltimore, MD
  • Jeremy Haack, Kenwood High School, Baltimore, MD
  • Dorothy Harris, Quince Orchard High School, Gaithersburg, MD
  • William L. Krinsky, MD, PhD, Yale University, New Haven, CT 
  • J. Larson Lock, MD, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Baltimore, MD 
  • Maria Christina Crassas Makrodimitri, Silver Spring, MD
  • Mary Monte, Eastern Technical High School, Essex, MD
  • Gloria Seelman, NIH Office of Science Education, Bethesda, MD
  • J. Scott Sleek, Silver Spring, MD
  • Paul S. Sledzik, MS, National Transportation Safety Board, Washington, DC