OFFICE OF HISTORY
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
The Office of History, National Institutes of Health exists to advance historical understanding of biomedical research within the NIH and the world. Through preserving records of significant NIH achievements, innovative exhibits, educational programs, and training researchers from multiple disciplines, the Office of History explores the past to enhance present understanding of the health sciences and the NIH.
Jason McEntee of NIMH donated several items from NIMH's top scientists, including Dr. Richard Nakamura's IBM ThinkPad. The ThinkPad, introduced in 1995, featured a keyboard that unfolded itself when the lid was raised. Nakamura served as NIMH's Deputy Director and Scientific Director and is currently Director of the NIH's Center for Scientific Review. As we accession the rest of this collection, we'll post updates. To find out more, go to Search Our Collections.
Dr. Richard Nakamura's 1995 IBM ThinkPad
The Office of History recently received the oral history transcripts of Dr.Peter Piot. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Victoria Harden, founding director of the Office of History. Dr. Piot became the founding director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, known as UNAIDS, and led it through the massive task of addressing AIDS throughout the world. Under his direction, UNAIDS became the chief advocate for worldwide action against AIDS and spearheaded UN reform by bringing together ten different UN agencies in the effort. The transcripts are available at the AIDS in Their Own Words site.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, is the nation’s largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research. The Office of Hisory holds the visitor's sign-in register with signatures dating from 1957 through 1970. This document provides a glimpse into the various scientists, researchers, government officials and individuals that visited the Clinical Center from the around the world. Efforts to preserve this historic document are planned.
Visit the NIH Library's Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/nihlibrary/collections/72157626011426522/ and view a sample of the images from the Office of History photograph collections.
NEW RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS
Eric Boyle, Quack Medicine: A History of Combating Health Fraud in Twentieth-Century America. Praeger, 2013.
Joseph November, Biomedical Computing : Digitizing Life in the United States. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.
Victoria A. Harden, AIDS at 30: A History. Washington, DC: Potomac Books, Inc., 2012.
Laura Stark, Behind Closed Doors: IRBs and the Making of Ethical Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.
Requests for images
Office of History holds several photograph collections. Many can be found within Search Our Collections but many are uncataloged. To request images for use in presentations or publications please contact the Office of History.
A ERNST LEITZ MICROSCOPE, ONE OF SEVERAL MICROSCOPES LOCATED IN THE STETTEN MUSEUM COLLECTION