Skip to end of metadata
Go to start of metadata

NIH Folklore

Every place has folktales of its own — stories of Bigfoot or buried treasure — even the National Institutes of Health.  We'll be adding such tales to this page, but, of course, we'll do historical research to let you know how much of a story is tale, and how much is truth.


FDR, the Wilsons, and the U. S. Naval Medical Center



These telephone operators for the NIH Clinical Center probably heard their share of tall tales.  C. 1953.  Image from the Office of NIH History and Stetten Museum.  Public domain.