“The Ladder” Steps Up
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by Anthony Murisco, Public Engagement Librarian   This upcoming weekend marks New York City’s annual Pride Parade. The parade and the events surrounding it help make NYC’s celebration of pride the largest in North America, as well as one of the biggest in the world. It will also mark the 55th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a defining moment in gay rights history. From June 28th until July 3rd, 1969, the community fought for their existence. These riots helped LGBTQIA+ individuals be seen and heard on a larger scale than ever before.     Stonewall has come to symbolize ..read more
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Close Observation In Early Illustrated Medical and Scientific Texts
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3w ago
By Dr. Sarah Archino, Furman University    Each year Furman University, located in South Carolina, offers a three-week May term, where students are encouraged to take experiential courses that build on their academic interests and take them in new directions. Inspired by programs bringing medical students into museums, undergraduate students have been coming to New York to focus on the skills of observation and communication since 2017.  The first class session from the first year the class was taught, back in 2017. Many of the students are on track for medical careers. This cou ..read more
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Close Observation In Early Illustrated Medical and Scientific Texts
The Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health
by nyamhistory
1M ago
By Dr. Sarah Archino, Furman University    Each year Furman University, located in South Carolina, offers a three-week May term, where students are encouraged to take experiential courses that build on their academic interests and take them in new directions. Inspired by programs bringing medical students into museums, undergraduate students have been coming to New York to focus on the skills of observation and communication since 2017.  The first class session from the first year the class was taught, back in 2017. Many of the students are on track for medical careers. This cou ..read more
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Sinking Our Teeth into a Poem
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1M ago
by Anthony Murisco, Public Engagement Librarian As the April showers (hopefully) dwindle down, out come May flowers. The passage of the month means the conclusion of April’s celebrations, including National Poetry Month, and the commencement of the festivities of May, including National Dental Care Month. We’re going to combine both, with a poem by a dental care worker. Anterior teeth model from Ash & Sons Catalogue (1886) John Thomas Codman (d. 1907) was the an active speaker at various dental gatherings. He was also one of the more prolific writers on dentistry. But he wrote about more t ..read more
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When Inspiration Strikes
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1M ago
by Anthony Murisco, Public Engagement Librarian Each year, the New York Academy of Medicine Library is proud to host visits from students across all different disciplines. From graduating medical students to those studying the culinary arts, the history of public health is surprisingly encompassing and intertwined. Our Historical Collections Librarian, Arlene Shaner, chooses different materials for each group visit. She considers who is coming, what they are studying, and what they might like to see. The display that Arlene curates for the visitors reflects how they might want to use the colle ..read more
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A Valentine for Bettina
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1M ago
by Anthony Murisco, Public Engagement Librarian On February 14th we observe Valentine’s Day, a day that has come to signify and celebrate all the love in our lives. Some may take loved ones out to dinner, some buy gifts, and some may even do a grand gesture, like ask for their lover’s hand in marriage. From our William H. Helfand Collection of Pharmaceutical Trade Cards. St. Valentine was a 3rd-century Roman priest, maybe even a bishop, who ministered to those persecuted by the church. It was believed that he delivered messages to lovers who had been torn apart. The Feast of St. Valentine was ..read more
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Color Our Collections 2024
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1M ago
by Anthony Murisco, Public Engagement Librarian On Monday, February 5th, we kicked off the eighth annual “Color Our Collections!” This initiative asks libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions to submit coloring books based on their collections. These coloring books don’t just live on our site for that one week; you can access them whenever you want! Over the years we have collected over 800 free coloring books for everyone to enjoy. Maybe you need an excuse to color? Well, besides just being a fun activity, coloring has been shown to provide other benefits. Research has shown tha ..read more
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Holiday Sweets with Pet Milk 
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1M ago
By Anthony Murisco, Public Engagement Librarian    Despite the name, Pet Milk isn’t for your furry friends! Formerly the Helvetia Milk Condensing Company, the company broke ground in Highland, Illinois in 1885. For years, they would be the standard for canned and condensed milk. If their own words are to be believed, they may have even given whole milk a run for their money.   Pet Milk’s messaging made them seem like the All-American brand of milk. They were there when future President Teddy Roosevelt fought alongside other soldiers in the Spanish-American War. The canned b ..read more
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Combatting Tuberculosis in America After its Microbial Discovery 
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1M ago
By Sean Purcell, The Media School, Indiana University-Bloomington and the Library’s 2023 Helfand Fellow  Mr. Purcell completed his Fellowship residency in the summer of 2023 and will present his research by Zoom on Thursday, December 7 at 4 p.m. (EST). To attend his talk, “A Portrait of Tuberculosis (as a Young Microbe): Representing Consumption at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,” register through NYAM’s Events page.  I spent a month over the spring and summer looking through the New York Academy of Medicine Library collections, working towards a mixed methods dissertation, title ..read more
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The Healing Power of Art and Community: Viewing the AIDS Quilt at 36 
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1M ago
By Paul Theerman, Director  The first panel of the AIDS quilt was put together in 1987—this year the Quilt is 36 years old!  Image courtesy of National AIDS Memorial. The AIDS Quilt was the brainchild of gay activist Cleve Jones. A protégé of Harvey Milk, the San Francisco city supervisor murdered in 1978, Jones honored Milk’s life and service with candlelight marches through the city. For the 1985 march he saw the ravages that AIDS was making in the gay community and asked that marchers write the names of friends lost to AIDS on posters. Placed on a wall, the posters resembled a qui ..read more
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