NLM Extends “Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives”
Special Display in the History of Medicine Division Reading Room Closes October 14
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is extending Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives, a special display in the History of Medicine Division (HMD) Reading Room on the first floor of the National Library of Medicine, Building 38 on the Bethesda, Maryland campus of the National Institutes of Health. The special display will be open to the public until October 14, 2016.
Confronting Violence tells the story of a vanguard of nurse activists who worked to change the way the medical profession responded to patients who had been battered. These nurses pushed the larger medical community, which had largely dismissed domestic violence as a significant health issue, to identify victims of battering, adequately respond to victims’ needs, and work towards prevention. Confronting Violence chronicles the experiences of these passionate, persistent nurses, who improved services to victims of domestic violence in the latter half of the 20th century.
The special display includes items from the NLM History of Nursing and Domestic Violence Collection, a selection of reports, journal articles and manuscripts, and artifacts such as buttons, posters and photographs from the first generation of nurse activists, like Daniel Sheridan and Jacquelyn Campbell. It also features the stories and objects of some of today’s activists and community organizations.
The special display is open to the public in the History of Medicine Division Reading Room of the National Library of Medicine (Building 38 on the Bethesda, Maryland campus of the National Institutes of Health). NLM is open Monday through Friday (except federal holidays) from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission to all onsite NLM exhibitions is free. For more information, visit: www.nlm.nih.gov/about/visitor.html. To arrange a group tour, call 301.594.1947.
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