Short description of the prototype thermal cycler built in 1984–85 by the scientists and engineers at Cetus Corporation (Emeryville, Calif.), where Kary Mullis conceived the idea for PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction), and Perkin-Elmer Corporation (Norwalk, Conn.). This instrument was collected for the NMAH collections and placed on display in the Science in American Life exhibition.
The list of selected staff publications may be searched by keyword or author and can be sorted by year.
Short history of the concept and the instrument that embodied it.
114 annotated bibliographic entries on pharmaceutical equipment and historical pharmaceutical displays, mainly Europe
and the United States.
The whole issue, devoted to the history of the Medical Sciences Division and its collections, is written by the current
staff working with those collections and includes many photographs of objects and exhibitions.
A more popular version of the “Biologics Control Act of 1902” paper.
Catalog of a photographic exhibit, which consists of 165 photographs depicting people involved in the work of the
Public Health Service over much of its long history. The organization is thematic: disease control and prevention, biomedical research, pure food and drugs, mental health and drug abuse, health care delivery, and international health.
A heavily illustrated history of invention and innovation, primarily for children that includes many photographs of objects.
What to do with the nasty stuff in your collections—definitions, suggestions, guidelines, resources.
What to collect to document the history of AIDS.
A general description of the field of public health and its evolution.
Biographical sketches of mainly early Washington, D.C. area physicians.
A short history of the U.S. Public Health Service.
A history of the first federal law regulating the interstate and foreign sale of a specific class of drugs in the United States. Illustrations of objects and trade literature in the NMAH collections.
An early exploration of how Internet technologies might be used to promote learning through socially-mediated interactions. Identifies potential use of the Web for social networking and learning as well as naming bandwidth as a major factor in the quality of interactions.
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