Thursday, February 10, 2011

National Library of Medicine - NLM Traveling Exhibitions

The National Library of Medicine has a number of exhibitions that travel from host library to host library around the country. Many times the only cost to the hosting library is that of shipping in order to get some fantastic exhibits.

Currently the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library is hosting “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine” the National Library of Medicine Traveling Exhibit from February 1, 2011 - March 15, 2011. Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses during the American Civil War. This exhibition explores how their service as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender by pushing the boundaries of the role of African Americans in society. (This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health with research assistance from The Historical Society of Washington, DC)

There are other choices from NLM:

Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health tells many stories about the revolution in global health that is taking place in villages and towns around the world.

Everyday Miracles: Medical Imagery in Ex-Votos explores the relationship between healing and faith through the ex-voto, a devotional painting that gives thanks for a miraculous healing or blessing.

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature explores Mary Shelley's world that gave birth to Frankenstein. The exhibition considers how her novel provides a framework for discussions of contemporary bio-medical advances that sometimes challenge our understanding of what it means to be human.

The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Yellow Wall-Paper examines a nineteenth-century writer's challenge to the medical profession and the relationship between science and society.

A Voyage to Health explores the recent revival of the ancient arts of navigation and voyaging of the people of Hawai‘i. The exhibition explores this resurgence and its significance for health, well-being, and self-determination.

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Cynthia L. Henderson, MILS, AHIP
Executive Director
Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library
Howard University
501 W Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059
202.884.1723 voice
202.884.1733 fax

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