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NLM Launches Two New Traveling Exhibitions: "Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures & Medical Prescriptions" and "Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Collection"

The National Library of Medicine has launched two new traveling banner exhibitions—Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures & Medical Prescriptions and Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Collection

Pick Your Poison explores the factors that have shaped the changing definition of some of our most potent drugs, from acceptable indulgences to bad habits, or vice versa. While some mind-altering drugs have remained socially acceptable throughout the history of America, such as alcohol, others, like heroin and cocaine, are now outlawed because of their toxic, and intoxicating, characteristics. These classifications have shifted over time, influenced by the intentions and societal status of those endorsing each drug's use, and will continue to change.

The exhibition features photographs and images of rare books, ephemera, and historical objects from the collections of the National Library of Medicine.

Pick Your Poison, the traveling exhibition, is available for booking now. Check the Pick Your Poison traveling exhibition services website for more booking information.

Pictures of Nursing presents a selection of historic postcards from NLM's recently-acquired Zwerdling postcard collection, an archive of over 2,500 items spanning a century of nursing imagery. Nurses and nursing have been the frequent subjects of postcards. These images are informed by cultural values; ideas about women, men, and work; and by attitudes toward class, race, and national differences. By documenting the relationship of nursing to significant forces in 20th-century life, such as war and disease, these postcards reveal how nursing was seen during those times.

The traveling banner exhibition is available for booking now. Please visit Pictures of Nursing traveling exhibition services for more information about Pictures of Nursing.


Pick Your Poison Images

Advertisement for a children's remedy containing morphine for the pain of teething, ca. 1880

Advertisement for a children's remedy containing morphine for the pain of teething, ca. 1880

Courtesy National Library of Medicine

Red Cross worker distributing cigarettes to injured soldiers, 1918

Red Cross worker distributing cigarettes to
injured soldiers, 1918

Courtesy National Library of Medicine

 



Pictures of Nursing Images

Elizabeth McPhee

Rural visiting nurse Elizabeth McPhee, Scotland, 1926

Courtesy National Library of Medicine

Operating team, 1951

Operating team, United States, 1951

Courtesy National Library of Medicine

The world's largest biomedical library, the National Library of Medicine maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology.

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