Saturday, December 08, 2007

National Library of Medicine's historical image collection online

A message on H-Sci-Med-Tech pointed me to the National Library of Medicine's History of Medicine image collection online--wow. It's an amazing collection of images from all times and places. Many recent public service posters and program covers, but also much older stuff, like the lithograph I've included at left, titled "Souvenirs of War": it's captioned in French, and from the uniforms I'm assuming early 19c. The caption is in French, and repeats a refrain, "ah, quel plaisir d'etre un soldat!"

[Further image description: All four men visible are using different orthopedic supports--one man in the distance is walking with crutches; another closer to the viewer is also using two crutches, but has his leg hitched up; a third man, in the center of the frame, is using two simple "peg-leg" style lower-limb prosthetics, and a thin cane; the fourth man, on the right, is in a box-like chair with small wooden wheels; he may also have his head/neck wrapped (it's hard to tell).]

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saraarts said...

Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this!

Day Al-Mohamed / Day in Washington said...

"ah, quel plaisir d'etre un soldat!"

Thought you might like the translation - (my high school teacher would be proud):

"Ah, what a pleasure it is to be a soldier!"

Best,
Day Al-Mohamed
www.DayinWashington.com

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