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The Joy of Stacks

Library stacks tend to be functional, consistent in appearance, and, while a source of delight to bibliophiles, pretty ordinary. However, the stacks at the National Library of Medicine have tales to tell. Literally and figuratively, the stacks at NLM are the foundation of the world’s largest medical library, occupying three football field-sized floors beneath the…

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Artists in the Basement

Meet NLM’s artists in the basement. They defy expectations. The artist you’ll meet tomorrow hasn’t picked up a pencil since she started working at NLM. On Wednesday, you’ll hear about an artist who gave up a career that most people wouldn’t walk away from. Thursday’s artist never would have considered a career in medical arts…

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A to Z with Medical History

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…