Mind-altering drugs have been used throughout the history of America. While some remain socially acceptable, others are outlawed because of their toxic, and intoxicating, characteristics. These classifications have shifted at different times in history, and will continue to change. The six banner traveling exhibition Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures & Medical Prescriptions explores the factors that have shaped the changing definitions of some of our most potent drugs, from medical miracle to social menace.
A “Digital Gallery” offering a selection of digitized, historical texts from the History of Medicine Division’s diverse collections can be found as part of the online version of the exhibition.
Stop by and view the six panels through March 18, 2017.
This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health and the National Museum of American History.
Check out our entire schedule of HSL Workshops, and register for the one that fits your schedule. Note we have a nifty new calendar based registration system that shows how many seats remain in each class.
Hope to see you at one of our instruction sessions! All workshops take place downstairs in room B2C, inside our lower level silent study area.
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Opoid or narcotic addiction is a nationwide epidemic. MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s Consumer Health resource, has a new page on Opoid Abuse and Addiction. Read the Basics, including a summary of the problem, treatments, resources, clinical trials, research, statistics, and news for all age groups. Patient handouts are available in English and Spanish.
Little Bonnie was thrilled to have lots of loving hands to pet her during HSL’s Therapy Dog Days held Monday, Dec. 12, Tuesday Dec. 13, and Wednesday Dec. 14 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm on the lower level. If you didn’t have a chance to meet Bonnie, she’d like you to know she turns 15 years old today, Dec. 15!
Watch for our signs in the lobby in 2017 – therapy dogs will also be visiting HSL each month during the Spring semester.
‘One Health’ is a worldwide initiative – a comprehensive approach to preventing disease and saving lives by working with physicians, ecologists, and veterinarians to monitor and control public health threats. Learning how diseases spread among people, animals, and in the environment leads to proactive measures that reduce risk. Learn more about the One Health approach used at the Centers for Disease Control What are Zoonotic Diseases?
Today’s inaugural One Health Day will help focus global attention on the need for One Health interactions among researchers in both human and other animal areas to improve the lives of both.
The One Health Commission, centered in North Carolina, seeks to ‘Connect’ One Health Advocates, to ‘Create’ networks and teams that work together across disciplines to ‘Educate’ about One Health and One Health issues.
Don’t miss the inspiring TED talk by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at UCLA Medical School, who provides a unique perspective on how human well-being, including mental health, can be improved by insights into animal health.
Don’t be surprised if your next medical checkup includes your veterinarian!
Just in time for Halloween, these 10 instruments are scary, yet real, devices that were actually used and even considered cutting-edge (pun intended) for their time. Check out the Tonsil Guillotine , Skull Saw, Artificial Leech (as if the real thing wasn’t scary enough!), Ecraseurand other medical tools developed over the years.
HSL’s History of Medicine area has similar examples of historical medical instruments, including another model of the Ecraseur, used to remove tumors and other growths. Consider the Dental Pelican, which looks like a medieval knight’s miniature bludgeon. Admire the Leech Cage used to carry the real thing. Imagine this Chain Saw being used for your own skull surgery, or the Tonsilotome circa 1850, used to remove your tonsils without anesthesia (ouch!). Most fascinating of all is the set of Bronze Roman Surgical Instruments, circa 300-400 A.D. – surgery is a very old specialty!
Browse the entire McGuire Historical Medical Instrument Collection for more thrills, or better yet stop downstairs on our lower level to see these real artifacts. Contact Linda Lohr, or call 829-5737 for a special tour.
Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture presents the stories of people with AIDS alongside those of others involved in the national AIDS crisis. The 6 panel exhibit, created by the National Library of Medicine, is in the HSL lobby, to the left of the main staircase.
Reactions to AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome), were as varied as the uncertainties about it. Early responders cared for the sick, fought homophobia, and promoted new practices to keep people healthy. Scientists and public health officials struggled to understand the disease and how it spread. Politicians remained largely silent until the epidemic became too big to ignore. Activists demanded that people with AIDS be part of the solution.
The title Surviving and Thriving comes from a book written in 1987 by and for people with AIDS that insisted people could live with AIDS, not just die from it. This exhibition presents their stories alongside those of others involved in the national AIDS crisis. Listen to them and consider the ever-changing relationship between science and society.
World Mental Health Day is observed every year on October 10th, to bring awareness to removing the stigma of asking for help when it is needed. The World Health Organization‘s theme this year is psychological first aid; learning the basic principles will help caregivers provide support to people in need, and, importantly, to know what not to say.
The investment in psychological first aid is part of a longer-term effort to ensure that anyone in acute distress due to a crisis is able to receive basic support, as well as additional advanced support from health, mental health and social services.