Posted by: bluesyemre | July 15, 2012

Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine (Free eBook)

  • “If I have a gift for anything, it’s that I love to find obscure and wonderful things,” says Michael Sappol, PhD, a curator-historian at the National Library of Medicine (NLM). He proves that talent as editor of the new book, Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine, which showcases the world’s largest medical library and its remarkable collection. Sappol calls the book a “wonderful collaborative project” that involved the energy and expertise of more than 100 people inside and outside NLM. Two years in the making, Hidden Treasure was created to celebrate the Library’s 175th anniversary (1836-2011). Sappol was determined to produce a volume that would show off the richness of the collection, and the curiosities it contains, to distinguish NLM from other libraries. While NLM is a medical collection, Sappol notes it is a historical collection that can be used by scholars studying not just the history of medicine, but also art, anatomy, culture, women’s studies, African American studies, and the military for example. “In showing off these many different kinds of objects, we are reaching out to people who might use our historical collections and saying, ‘Here’s stuff you might not know about.’” It’s also an invitation to the general public to peruse the collection.

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