An owl gazes forward, the opening panel of the Harry Potter traveling exhibition visible behind him.

Harry Potter: Magic, Myth and Happy Birthday!

Two famous people, one real and one fictitious, both tightly connected to the other, share a birthday on July 31. J.K. Rowling, the creator of Harry Potter, was born (for real) on this day in 1965. Harry James Potter, her iconic best-selling creation, was fictitiously born 15 years later in 1980. The Harry Potter series,…

Exhibition team members stand with a banner from the Confronting Violence exhibition.

On the Road with NLM’s Traveling Exhibitions

Almost as popular as tickets to an Adele concert. Or Springsteen. Or Yo-Yo Ma. Okay, we’re exaggerating, but the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibitions are definitely in demand. Within one week, they’re usually booked for four years. They’ve been in all 50 states and abroad. How it happened You could call it serendipity. In…

A woman looks over documents and artifacts in the Confronting Violence display.

Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives — Why NLM Is Hosting This Important Show

On September 17, the National Library of Medicine officially opened its latest special display, Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives. The project, which will be on display in the History of Medicine Division until August 19, 2016, details the history and impact of nurses addressing domestic violence. These nurses not only conducted groundbreaking research on the…

S. Kalani Brady, MD on Kalaupapa Then and Now

S. Kalani Brady, MD has a unique group of patients. Brady is the primary care physician for the last surviving Hansen’s disease (leprosy) patients on the remote Hawaiian peninsula of Kalaupapa. As a physician, he helps protect their health. As an expert and lecturer on Kalaupapa’s history, he helps preserve their legacy. “Practically everyone on…