MEDICINE:The Benefits of Selective Thinking

Science  02 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5411, pp. 7a
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5411.7a

Ever since William Harvey demonstrated in 1628 how blood circulates in the body, his landmark treatise De Motu Cordis has been a model of observation and experimentation. You can download some of Harvey's famous illustrations, such as this engraving, and many other icons of medical history by visiting Images From the History of Medicine. A project of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the Web site contains nearly 60,000 prints and photographs—ranging from medieval astrology to Victorian slums. Although most images predate the 20th century, you can also find photos of World War I hospitals and international posters in the fight against AIDS. “People who like to teach with slides have a wonderful resource here,” says Elizabeth Fee, chief of the History of Medicine Division. High resolution reproductions can also be ordered.

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