Emotions and Disease

This exhibition highlights achievements and turning points on a well-traveled historical road. How we talk about emotions and disease has changed, as scientists and physicians transformed medicine. Perceptive observers have regularly returned to the study of the interactions of body and mind in medicine. Emotions and Disease points to a promising future that includes integrative medicine, a field incorporating science-based mind-body treatments into all aspects of medical care.
Exhibition directors Esther M. Sternberg, M.D., formerly with the National Institute of Mental Health, and Elizabeth Fee, Ph.D., former chief of the History of Medicine Division at National Library of Medicine, with visiting curators Anne Harrington, Ph.D. (Harvard University) and Theodore M. Brown, Ph.D. (University of Rochester, NY) produced this exhibition, which opened in the NLM Rotunda Gallery November 13, 1996–May 1, 1997. Generous support from the Charles A. Dana Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Fetzer Institute, and the National Institute of Mental Health made this exhibition possible.
In 2000, Sanita Kacker and Young Rhee from the History of Medicine Division adapted the script and images of the assets that were on display in 1997 to an online exhibition.
In 2021, the Exhibition Program refreshed the earlier online exhibition.

Exhibition Program

Patricia Tuohy

Head, Exhibition Program

Julie Botnick

Exhibition Technical Information Specialist

Jiwon Kim

Exhibition Educator

Carrissa Lindmark

Traveling Exhibition Assistant

Jane Markowitz

Traveling Exhibition Services Coordinator

Erika Mills

Exhibit Specialist

Tannaz Motevalli

Exhibition Coordinator


Theodore M. Brown, PhD

Guest Curator University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Esther M. Sternberg, MD

Guest Curator University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Creative Services

Link Studio

Web Design

Special Acknowledgements

History of Medicine Division

Jeffrey Reznick, PhD


Kenneth Koyle

Deputy Chief

Kendall Allen

Pathways Student, Web Program

Lindsay Franz

Systems Librarian

Laura Hartman

Cataloger, Rare Books and Early Manuscripts

Elizabeth Mullen

Manager of Web Development and Social Media

Ginny Roth

Manager of Prints and Photographs

Krista Stracka

Cataloger, Rare Books and Early Manuscripts

Office of Computer and Communication Systems

Wei Ma

Chief, Applications Branch

Winston Churchill

Applications Branch

Joe Potvin

Applications Branch

Ying Sun

Applications Branch