Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine

Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine




Founded 175 years ago, the National Library of Medicine is the world’s largest medical library, with more than 17 million items dating from the 11th century to the present in its holdings. Today it is home to a rich worldwide heritage of objects, from the rarest early medical books to delightful 20th-century ephemera, artifacts, and documentary and animated films. Despite more than a century and a half of classification and cataloging, buried in the sheer mass of this collection are wondrous items largely unseen by the public and obscure even to librarians, curators, and historians. The individual objects brought to light in this book glow with beauty — or grotesquery or wit or calamitous tragedy — and include spectacular large-scale, color-illustrated medical books; rare manuscripts; pamphlets and ephemera; “magic lantern” slides; toys; stereograph cards; scrapbooks; film stills; posters; and more from the 13th to the 20th century, from Europe, Africa, North America, and Asia. Specially selected and showcased in Hidden Treasure, they once again speak to us, charm us, repulse us, amaze us, inform us, and intrigue us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780922233427
Publisher: Blast Books
Publication date: 03/27/2012
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 10.30(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Michael Sappol is curator-historian at the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine and the author of A Traffic of Dead Bodies: Anatomy and Embodied Social Identity in Nineteenth-Century America and Dream Anatomy and co-editor of A Cultural History of the Body in the Age of Empire.

Laura Lindgren designs art and photography books and exhibition catalogs for publishers and museums. She is also publisher of Blast Books in New York, and she is the editor, designer, and publisher of Mütter Museum and Mütter Museum Historic Medical Photographs, and Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880–1930, among others.

Arne Svenson is the author of Prisoners and Mrs. Ballard’s Parrots and photographer and coauthor (with Ron Warren) of Sock Monkeys (200 out of 1863) and Chewed. He is currently working on a new book on forensic facial reconstructions, Unspeaking Likeness.

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