Harvard teams up with other medical libraries to create digital collection

The Center for the History of Medicine has joined with peer libraries to initiate a digital Medical Heritage Library. The Center will receive $400,000 over the next two years to digitize 10,000 rare books from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries that relate to the intersection of medicine and society. The initiative is funded by… Continue reading Harvard teams up with other medical libraries to create digital collection

Interesting Smithsonian exhibits on medicine

Common Threads exhibit by Jean Shin at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art: This exhibit is made out of a collection of similar everyday objects. For example, "Chemical Balance III" makes lighted stalactite- and stalagmite-like sculptures out of empty prescriptions containers. According to the artist, this part of the exhibit speaks to a dependency on… Continue reading Interesting Smithsonian exhibits on medicine

Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880–1930

Throughout medical history, the practice of dissection has been controversial. During some periods of history it was distasteful or even illegal. At other times it served as the cornerstone of anatomy classes. Public opinion and differences in religious beliefs often meant that some cultures accepted the practice while others did not. The Dittrick Medical History… Continue reading Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880–1930