A Voyage to Health and Disney’s “Moana” – Two Tales of the Pacific Islands

Oscar nominations are out – did your favorite film from last year receive one? One you may have seen (particularly if you have children) was the Disney animated musical, Moana. You might be interested to know that you can learn a little more about some of the concepts from the film by visiting the library to explore our latest exhibit on loan from the National Library of Medicine, A Voyage to Health: An exhibition about the revival of Native Hawaiian Traditions. 

Hokule'a. Photo courtesy of Monte Costa and the National Library of Medicine

Hokule’a. Photo courtesy of Monte Costa and the National Library of Medicine

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Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War

More than three million soldiers fought in the American Civil War from 1861-1865. More than half a million died, and almost as many were wounded but survived. Hundreds of thousands were permanently disabled by battlefield injuries or surgery. Although tragic, these injuries and the resulting medical needs revolutionized battlefield medicine, surgical amputations, and prosthetic technology. You can learn about the costs of the American Civil War, the advances in medicine that resulted, and the plight of the injured and disabled veterans at the Health Sciences Library with Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War, the traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine. Read on to learn some highlights from the exhibit plus other ways to dive deeper into this fascinating topic!

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Five disabled veterans of the American Civil War. Courtesy National Library of Medicine.

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Come Pick Your Poison!

It’s hard to believe that not too long ago in our nation’s history it was illegal to manufacture, transport, import, export, or sell alcoholic beverages. Not much earlier, in the late 19th Century, American physicians recommended cocaine for treating hay fever and asthma, and ironically enough, as a cure for alcoholism and addiction to opiates. Things have certainly changed since those times!

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