Keith and I, the denizens of the History of Medicine Collection, attended the 2014 meeting of the Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS) in Chicago on May 7th and 8th. On Wednesday we had the opportunity to visit the International Museum of Surgical Science on beautiful North Lake Shore Drive. (https://www.imss.org/) There we enjoyed the wonderful exhibits and were treated to a demonstration of a leg “amputation”! That evening we attended a delicious dinner at an Italian restaurant and had the opportunity to network and catch up with members of the group. The meeting itself was held on the 28th floor of the Amercian College of Surgeons. Thursday morning’s panel discussion, “Medical Archives, Medical Museums, and Medical Schools” consisted of four presentations addressing topics ranging from how historical collections can support medical school curriculum and health sciences research to digitally displaying wet specimens and the resurrection of a medical museum. Following the panel were brief presentations by members on projects and exhibits in their collections. The afternoon session included updates from NLM’s History of Medicine Division and the Medical Heritage Library. The keynote speakers, Dr. Daniel Garrison and Dr. Malcolm Hast, are co-editors of The Fabric of the Human Body, an annotated translation of Andreas Vesalius’ De humani corporis fabrica, a landmark work in the field of anatomy. It took more than twenty years to complete the translation. As always the program provided a wealth of useful and interesting information that can be put to practical use. Congratulations to everyone involved in making this meeting fun and informative!
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