An African-American male doctor consults with an adult female patient dressed in a medical gown in an examining room.

What Is Health Literacy?

The National Library of Medicine’s health literacy resources span a spectrum for health literacy practitioners, researchers, and consumers. A relatively new concept, health literacy’s relevance to better health care was deepened by a 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy report, which found 88 percent of Americans either had below basic, basic, or an intermediate understanding…

Dr. Ackerman stands in front of plexiglass models created using the visible human data

On Track with Dr. Ackerman: NLM Engineer Still Chugging Along

For almost 30 years, Michael Ackerman, PhD, helped make what was once thought to be inconceivable real and revolutionary. Dr. Ackerman managed the Visible Human Project, which changed medical education and led to technological advancements. The project’s detailed digital representation of complete male and female bodies gave us surgical simulators, recyclable cadavers, virtual crash test…