A book bearing the title "National Library of Medicine" comes off a medieval printing press

NLM Blast from the Past

Smoking in the boardroom. Card catalogs. Keypunch equipment. Get a blast from the past in this 1963 film about the National Library of Medicine. You can hear Senator Lister Hill and catch a glimpse of famed heart surgeon Michael DeBakey and former NLM director Frank Bradway Rogers. Back in the day, questions came in each…

John Fogarty sits at his desk, pen in hand.

Papers of Congressman John Fogarty Added to Profiles in Science

New Resource for Researchers on the Historic Expansion of Federal Medical Research and Libraries An extensive selection from the official papers of the legislator known as “Mr. Public Health” is now available online for researchers, historians and the public. These materials provide insights into past congressional battles to win vital funding to fight heart disease,…

Gene Kelly starring in Combat Fatigue Irritability

NLM Brings New Perspective to Historic Gene Kelly Film

One of the treasures preserved by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is a 1945 US Navy training film directed by and starring Gene Kelly, who was then a rising Hollywood star. Combat Fatigue Irritability is a historically significant, yet largely unknown, work. Now, NLM’s History of Medicine Division (HMD) is making the film available…

Wheelchair Kamikazi blog excerpt

Health and Medicine Blogs Collection: A 21st Century Twist

“What wondrous things my four working limbs were once able to accomplish!” writes Marc, a 48-year-old New Yorker diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis in 2003, in his blog, “Wheelchair Kamikaze.” You can tap into Marc’s “Rants, Ruminations, and Reflections of a Mad MStery Patient” and 11 more health-related blogs authored by physicians, nurses, patients like…