October 15, 2005 (Vol. 25, No. 18)


Strong Points: Well written
Weak Points: Should include a larger number of scientists

Longtime readers of this page know I have a strong interest in history. I have covered numerous historical sites, so I was surprised not to have previously noted this interesting one from the National Library of Medicine. Titled Profiles in Science, the site “celebrates twentieth-century leaders in biomedical research and public health” by making collections of prominent scientists and physicians available for general access. The set includes giants like Linus Pauling, Francis Crick, Barbara McClintock, and Albert Szent-Gyorgi, among others. At least one contemporary medical personality, Dr. C. Everett Koop, is also included. The collections are excellent resources of general information and provide links to more extensive sites, devoted solely to some of these people. A great place for science history buffs.