October is American Archives Month and, to celebrate, the National Library of Medicine issued a blanket invitation to visitors to explore its collections relating to health care accessibility and reform, including a close-up look at the institutions and individuals central to the story. With health reform under serious scrutiny on Capitol Hill, these lessons from the past seem especially important.
Through institutional documents and the personal papers of health reform advocates, the NLM archives portray the evolution of health care accessibility. Featured are interviews with prominent reformers, and a section on biomedical informatics, describing the evolution of computers in medical research that has helped transform diagnostics, delivery of care, communication, and medical training and education. The archives also contain numerous links to outside resources that help to round out this compelling national topic.