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NLM Spotlight: New History of Medicine Online Exhibitions

The National Library of Medicine creates online exhibitions and education resources to enhance awareness of its history of medicine collection. Two new exhibitions were recently released.


Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care describes how the physician assistant profession developed and continues to evolve today. It features stories of PAs in communities around the world, as well as those who have been involved in government service. You can learn more about the exhibit by visiting https://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/pa-collaborationandcare/index.html

NLM exhibition "Fire and Freedom"

Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America examines the labor of slaves and food practices during the colonial era, and explores the exchange of power among different people, races, genders, and classes at that time. The online exhibition features 18th-century materials on food, botany, health, and housekeeping. You can learn more by visiting https://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/fireandfreedom/index.html

Both exhibitions also feature K-12 lesson plans, a higher education module, online activities, suggested readings, and links to other resources. The Exhibition Program is managed by the National Library of Medicine History of Medicine Division.

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