Harry Potter’s World exhibit

In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy. Incorporating the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers, the seven-part series examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power.

This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world, its roots in Renaissance science, and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series.

Visit Harry Potter’s World in the McGoogan Library of Medicine, August 4 – September 13.

You can visit the online exhibit at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/harrypottersworld

This exhibition is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, and was curated by Elizabeth J. Bland.

New exhibit: Medieval Medical Illustrations

View the latest panel exhibit in the library’s Linder Lounge: Though a Mirror Darkly: The Art of Medieval Medical Illustrations.

The artists and draftsmen of medical books in the Middle Ages appreciated just as much as we do today the value of pictures in the conveying of certain kinds of information. Pictures could be used to illustrate case histories, to demonstrate techniques, to make instruments for diagnosis and prognosis, to reveal structures and functions within the body and to depict the substances needed to make medicine.

Endowment funds buy books

Thanks to the following endowment funds, the library has added, to date, 71 titles to the book collection. Some of these books are now displayed inside the library’s entrance on the 6th floor.

  • Edgar Adler
  • Alice Buffet
  • George Hays
  • Morris Margolin
  • Paul Marx
  • COM Class of 1977 in honoring Drs. W.K. and Norah Metcalf
  • Howard Mitchell
  • Melvin L. Sommer
  • Chester Q. Thompson