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  • February 2020

    An image of an Asian woman surgeon
    Rise, Serve, Lead!
    America's Women Physicians

    Rise, Serve, Lead! highlights the lives and achievements of women physicians who have made a difference through their medical practice and research, work as activists, service as administrators, and mentorship to the next generation of physicians.

  • May 2020

    Two white men hold a flask
    Rashes to Research
    Scientists and Parents Confront the 1964 Rubella Epidemic

    Rashes to Research looks at the 1964 rubella epidemic, during which 20,000 children were born with serious heart, hearing, and vision problems related to rubella exposure during pregnancy. While the nation’s scientists rushed to create a vaccine and develop better screening tests, families faced difficult, complicated decisions about current and future pregnancies.

  • September 2020

    Care and Custody
    A Social History of Mental Health

    Over the past 200 years in the United States, a tension has existed between care and custody as responses to mental health issues. The actions of physicians, psychiatric survivors, families, and government agencies have all shaped mental health policies. Care and Custody examines history to understand how the country has moved away from custodial forms of treatment, sought a more inclusive society, and worked to protect the rights of people with mental health conditions.

  • February 2021

    A poster with a white doctor and the words Has Your Child Had a Lead Test Yet?
    This Lead Is Killing Us
    A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in their Communities

    For over a century, citizens have confronted lead industries, housing authorities, and elected officials to protect their health against the dangers of lead poisoning. This Lead Is Killing Us tells an important story of actions taken against this environmental danger.

  • May 2021 (re-release)

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    Graphic Medicine
    Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn!

    Graphic Medicine explores an increasingly popular, yet little-known literary field that presents personal stories of illness and health through the medium of comics. The exhibition showcases items from the NLM’s growing collection of graphic memoirs depicting people’s experiences with an array of health issues, including breast cancer, deafness, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, and more.

  • September 2021

    A graphic of a crowd of activists
    Confronting Violence/Enfrentando la Violencia
    Improving Women's Lives/mejorando la vida de las mujeres

    Confronting Violence/Enfrentando la Violencia, an English- and Spanish-language, 12-banner exhibition explores the story of the research and activist nurses who pushed the larger medical community to identify victims of domestic abuse and adequately respond to their needs.

  • February 2022 (re-release)

    A white woman sits
    The Literature of Prescription
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "The Yellow Wall-Paper"

    During a time when women were challenging traditional ideas about gender that excluded them from political and intellectual life, artist and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman rejected these ideas in a terrifying short story titled "The Yellow Wall-Paper.” The Literature of Prescription explores the story behind Gilman’s indictment of the medical profession and the social conventions restricting women’s professional and creative opportunities.

  • May 2022 (re-release)

    A poster image that says AIDS it ain't over yet
    Surviving and Thriving/Sobrevivir y Prosperar
    AIDS, Politics, and Culture/Sida, Politica y Cultura

    Surviving and Thriving/Sobrevivir y Prosperar, an English- and Spanish-language, 12-banner exhibition, explores the rise of AIDS in the early 1980’s and the evolving response to the epidemic. Early responders cared for the sick, fought homophobia, and promoted new practices to keep people healthy. Scientists and public health officials struggled to understand the disease. Politicians remained largely silent until the epidemic became too big to ignore. Activists demanded that people with AIDS be part of the solution.

  • September 2022 (re-release)

    An African American woman surgeon
    Opening Doors
    Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons

    Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons recognizes the achievements of the pioneering African American academic surgeons by examining a long tradition of African Americans practicing medicine and highlighting contemporary surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields.

  • February 2023 (re-release)

    An illustration of an owl
    Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine
    in Harry Potter's World

    Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World explores the Renaissance traditions that influenced the Harry Potter novels and played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy.

  • May 2023 (re-release)

    A group of African Americans from the 19th century
    Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries
    African Americans in Civil War Medicine

    Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries examines the African American surgeons, nurses, and hospital workers who provided medical care during the American Civil War and how their services challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender.

  • September 2023 (re-release)

    An illustration of a white woman looking through a microscope
    From DNA to Beer
    Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry

    Over the past two centuries, scientists, in partnership with industry, have developed techniques using and modifying life forms like yeast, molds, and bacteria, to create a host of new therapies and produce better foods and beverages. From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry explores some of the processes, problems, and potential inherent in technologies that use microorganisms for health and commercial purposes.

Last Reviewed: March 4, 2019