New Blog from NLM’s History of Medicine Division

Circulating Now

The absolutely phenomenal History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine has just launched a new blog, Circulating Now. Circulating Now is designed to bring this division’s treasured (and truly priceless) collections to a wider audience than ever before. Read the introductory post from the division’s Chief, Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD, here.

Circulating Now kicked off the month of July with a series of posts reenacting bulletins from the assassination of the 20th American president, James A. Garfield, exactly 132 years ago on July 2nd, 1881. From the series’ introductory post:

America—and eventually the world—reacted to Garfield’s attempted assassination with deep despair. The President’s physicians issued daily progress reports which the public eagerly awaited and newspapers quickly reprinted for their readers. Letters by the bushel basket came daily to the White House offering advice on various forms of treatment. The famous American inventor, Alexander Graham Bell, volunteered to come to Washington and help with Garfield’s case.

Through the blog, readers can experience the updates on the President’s condition almost like the rest of the nation did in 1881 (just with a little more of a technological intermediary).

“The attack on the President’s life—Scene in the ladies’ room of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad depot—The arrest of the assassin,” Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, 1881 July 16, pp. 332-333 Courtesy Library of Congress

“The attack on the President’s life—Scene in the ladies’ room of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad depot—The arrest of the assassin,” Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, 1881 July 16, pp. 332-333 Courtesy Library of Congress


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