October 15, 2015 (Vol. 35, No. 18)
Strong Points: Diversity of topics, full websites for each exhibition
Weak Points: None
A series of engaging and informative online educational resources by the U.S. National Library of Medicine is making the history of medicine come to life more than ever. The online “exhibitions” complement actual, in-the-flesh exhibitions that travel throughout the country. Site visitors can search for upcoming exhibitions coming to a city near them on the website, though in the meantime they can browse a large collection of complementary digital resources anytime, anywhere. The website currently houses 24 digital exhibitions divided into four categories: medicine and the arts, science and society, patients and practitioners, and the technology of medicine. Exhibitions include a wide range of topics, from “Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature,” to “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine,” to “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine.” Each exhibition has its own website full of information that links to this homepage.