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View Resource American Experience: The Lobotomist

The film "The Lobotomist" is about Walter Freeman, the inventor of the lobotomy procedure, and is available to watch on the American Experience website. Although there are no gory scenes in the film, and the descriptions of the procedure aren't overly graphic, the horrifying part is hearing of the effects of a lobotomy. The link to the "Introduction" to the film, at the bottom left side of the...

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/lobotomist/
View Resource Every Necessary Care & Attention Screenshot

George Washington wore many hats during his lifetime (president, surveyor, and businessman, among others) and he was also particularly keen on taking care of his estate and family. He was intently interested in health and medicine, an interest explored by this exhibit from the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The site offers a good introduction via the Explore tab, after which visitors can...

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/georgewashington/
View Resource From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry Screenshot

What can we learn from studying DNA and beer? This is just the type of query that inspires the people at the U.S. National Library of Medicine. This online exhibit is meant to accompany a traveling exhibition and is full of information about key technological innovations that have involved the marriage between medical scholars and industrial professionals. Browsing the Learn More area, visitors...

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/fromdnatobeer/
View Resource Profiles in Science: The William Osler Papers Screenshot

The National Library of Medicine has worked tirelessly to bring new Profiles in Science to the curious public over the past decade. This particular collection casts its gaze on William Osler, the 19th century Canadian physician who is sometimes referred to as "the father of modern medicine" for his central role in revolutionizing medical education. Borrowing on materials from Johns Hopkins...

https://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/GF