NLM History of Medicine lecture

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to the next NLM History of Medicine lecture, to be held Tuesday, 12 February 2013 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the Lister Hill Auditorium, National Library of Medicine, Building 38A, Bethesda, MD. In recognition of African-American History Month, we present:

“Oak Leaves on his Shoulders: Discovering African-American Civil War Surgeons in the NLM Collections.”

Jill L. Newmark
Exhibition Registrar/Traveling Exhibition Service, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine

During the American Civil War, African American men and women served as medical personnel in hospitals and on the battlefield. Histories of Civil War Medicine often overlook their participation and contributions, since few personal accounts of black surgeons and nurses exist and materials are often hidden amongst the thousands of Civil War records throughout the country including the National Library of Medicine. This presentation explores one hospital in Washington, D.C. and follows the journey of discovery that uncovered several African American Civil War surgeons. The presentation will highlight newly discovered materials from the History of Medicine Division and how they illuminate the story of these surgeons.

All are welcome.

Sign language interpretation is provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate may contact Stephen Greenberg at 301-435-4995, e-mail greenbes@mail.nih.gov, or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

Due to current security measures at NIH, off-campus visitors are advised to consult the NLM Visitors and Security website:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/about/visitor.html

Sponsored by
NLM’s History of Medicine Division

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