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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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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