The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedial library, announces the launch of Medicine on Screen: Films and Essays from NLM—replacing Medical Movies on the Web which debuted in 2013—expanding NLM’s engagement with researchers from a variety of disciplines who use the medium of film and video to study the human condition.
The NLM holds one of the world’s largest collections of medical films and videos, spanning over a century, numbering nearly 40,000 titles total, and including among them an estimated 8,000 cataloged titles deemed to be historically significant. Many of these titles are rare or unique—with NLM sometimes holding the only surviving copy.
Documentary filmmakers have long appreciated learning about and using this unique collection to illuminate complex issues in society and culture—from politics to race to class.
Visitors to Medicine on Screen will discover substantial and insightful essays by researchers from a variety of disciplines and institutions, including Zoe Beloff, artist at Queens College of the City University of New York; Cynthia Connolly, Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and expert on children’s health care policy; Miriam Posner, professor of information studies at the University of California, Los Angeles; Edmund Ramsden, historian of medicine and science at Queen Mary University of London; and Michael Sappol, historian of medicine at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study.
Through its curation by these and other researchers—reflecting their own extensive engagements with the collection while encouraging new ones—Medicine on Screen complements NLM Digital Collections and the NLM History of Medicine YouTube playlist to which the Library also adds digitized film titles for public access.
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