James A. Shannon buildingOFFICE OF NIH HISTORY

The Office of NIH History at the 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, and educational programs, the Office of NIH History explores the past to enhance present understanding of the health sciences and the National Institutes of Health.



Have you ever seen a more beautiful model of a ship? If not, be sure to follow us on Facebook or Tumblr; in August we'll be highlighting gifts given to NIH Directors.

Silver ship



Oral histories are added on a regular basis. This month we received a donation of two new histories. Look for Dr. Paul Plotz and Dr. Stephen E. Straus in the future.

William Chin
Interview date: October 13, 2005

James Wyngaarden
Interview date: July 25, 1989

The Office of NIH History holds photograph collections cataloged and uncataloged. Many can be found in Search Our Collections. To request images for use in publications or presentations contact the Office of History.


Recent publications by former fellows, based partly on their work as Stetten Fellows

David Cantor
, Stress, Shock, and Adaptation in the Twentieth Century. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2014.

Johanna Crane,
 Scrambling for Africa: AIDS, Expertise, and the Rise of American Global Health Science. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2013.

Eric Boyle, Quack Medicine: A History of Combating Health Fraud in Twentieth-Century America. Praeger, 2013. A former Stetten Fellow, his first book was recently awarded Best Print Publication from the Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences. Read about it at The National Museum of Health and Medicine news and events page.



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Office of History and Stetten Museum | Bldg 60 | Suite 230 | National Institutes of Health | Bethesda, MD 20814-1460
Phone: 301.496.6610 | Email: history@nih.gov

Last updated: 01 August 2014
First published: 2 February 2005
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