NLM in Focus

A to Z with Medical History

A French drawing from the 1940s evokes both sympathy and laughter.

From an Arabic manuscript from the year 1094 to social media about Zika, NLM’s History of Medicine Division (HMD) works to ensure that historical and current treasures are available to anyone who’s curious.

The NIH Catalyst recently explored the nature of that work, with two stories about HMD’s efforts to preserve and share those treasures–and the partnerships behind those efforts.


Digitizing and Preserving Medical History
Embracing the Future as a Steward of Medical Heritage
By Jeffrey S. Reznick, Chief, History of Medicine Division, NLM

Libraries around the world are digitizing their historical treasures and making them more accessible via the Internet than ever before. Leading the way is the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library, located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. [Read more]


NLM Workshop: Images and Texts in Medical History
An Introduction to Methods, Tools, and Data from the Digital Humanities
By E. Thomas Ewing, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Research, and Diversity, Virginia Tech

Seventy-five participants and observers gathered at the Natcher Conference Center (Building 45) in April 2016 to explore innovative methods and data sources useful for analyzing large quantities of images and texts in the field of medical history. [Read more]


Keep up with History of Medicine Division through their blog, Circulating Now, which just celebrated three years of circulation.