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Wikipedia Description: National Museum of Health and Medicine
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The National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM) is a museum in Silver Spring, Maryland, near Washington, D.C. The museum was founded by U.S. Army Surgeon General William A. Hammond as the Army Medical Museum (AMM) in 1862; it became the NMHM in 1989 and relocated to its present site at the Army's Forest Glen Annex in 2011. An element of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), the NMHM is a member of the National Health Sciences Consortium.
The Army Medical Museum and Library building housed the Army Medical Museum from 1887 to 1947 — and again from 1962 to 1969, when the building was razed.
The AMM was established during the American Civil War as a center for the collection of specimens for research in military medicine and surgery. In 1862, Hammond directed medical officers in the field to collect "specimens of morbid anatomy...together with projectiles and foreign bodies removed" and to forward them to the newly founded museum for study. The AMM's first curator, John H. Brinton, visited mid-Atlantic battlefields and solicited contributions from doctors throughout the Union Army. During and after the war, AMM staff took pictures of wounded soldiers showing effects of gunshot wounds as well as results of amputations and other surgical procedures. The information collected was compiled into six volumes of The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, published between 1870 and 1883.
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, AMM staff engaged in various types of medical research. They pioneered in photomicrographic techniques, established a library and cataloging system which later formed the basis for the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and led the AMM into research on infectious diseases while discovering the cause of yellow fever. They contributed to research on vaccinations for typ ...More...
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NMHM_150208_01.JPG: The Collection that Teaches
History and Research
"I have numerous specimens for you -- have put them in ale barrels with some whisky + chlorinated soda upon them + have buried barrels and all in the ground.
What shall I do with them? We will have more every day for a month to come."
-- H.K. Neff, Surgeon, 3rd Division General Hospital, August 9, 1865
The National Museum of Health and Medicine began collecting objects in 1862 after the Army Medical Department ordered that "all specimens of morbid anatomy" be gathered from Civil War battlefields. Since then, the Museum's holdings have grown to more than 25,000,000 specimens, slides, photographs, artifacts, artworks, and documents. While only a fraction is on display, all collections contribute to medical and historical research.
NMHM_150808_61.JPG: Kolff-Brigham Artificial Kidney:
The second-generation rotating-drum artificial kidney, designed by Kolff, was manufactured by Edward Olson of Massachusetts. Arterial blood from the patient is passed along the cellophane tubing wrapped around the drum, rotating through a 100-liter chemical bath, cleansing the blood. One or two patients could be treated each day with one artificial kidney.
NMHM_150808_71.JPG: Patients at Forest Glen
[Interestingly, the sign previously said it was titled "Psychiatric Patients at Forest Glen"]
Jack McMillen, 1944
During World War II, the Forest Glen annex of Walter Reed General Hospital was used for treating patients with psychiatric conditions. Located near Washington DC, the former girls' school had been purchased by the Army to provide additional space for the hospital's activities. The picture accurately depicts the eclectic architecture while showing maroon-suited patients enjoying the grounds.
McMillen had painted government-sponsored murals during the Depression as part of the Works Projects Administration (WPA). When the war began, many of the WPA's responsibilities were transferred to the military, leading to the commissioning of this painting.
The painting hung at Forest Glen until 1994 when it was transferred to the National Museum of Health and Medicine. It was restored at the request of the Textbook of Military Medicine Project, Office of the Surgeon General, US Army, for use as the frontispiece of "Military Psychiatry: Preparing in Peace for War."
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2015 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used my Fuji XS-1 camera but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
I retired from the US Census Bureau in god-forsaken Suitland, Maryland on my 58th birthday in May. Yee ha!
Trips this year: two Civil War Trust conferences (Raleigh, NC in March, and Richmond, VA in June) and two personal trips (to San Diego Comic-Con in July and down for a Florida quickie in August) after I retired.
Ego Strokes: Carolyn Cerbin used a Kevin Costner photo in her USA Today article. Miss DC pictures were used a few times in the Washington Post.
Number of photos taken this year: just over 550,000.