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National Museum of Health and Medicine The nation's medical museum since 1862. Official presence of the Natl. Museum of Health & Medicine.
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The National Museum of Health and Medicine, established in 1862, inspires interest in and promotes the understanding of medicine—past, present, and future—with a special emphasis on tri-service American military medicine. As a National Historic Landmark recognized for its ongoing value to the health of the military and to the nation, the Museum identifies, collects, and preserves important and uni

que resources to support a broad agenda of innovative exhibits, educational programs, and scientific, historical, and medical research.

08/01/2024

😕 Memory loss
😰 Anxiety
😞 Depression
🤯 Headaches
💫 Dizziness

Is your service member experiencing these symptoms after a blow or jolt to the head? It could be time to make an appointment with their medical provider. Learn about these and other symptoms of with our "Signs and Symptoms Following Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury" fact sheet. Download now. health.mil/TBI-Signs-Symptoms-FactSheet

(Photo by Lt. Col. William Geddes, Army Reserve Medical Command)

07/01/2024

NMHM's new Lecture Series kicks-off with author Jill Newmark on the lives of Black Civil War surgeons.

Join us for this book talk to discuss the 14 Black physicians who served as surgeons with the U.S. military during the American Civil War. Their courageous lives and service are explored in this presentation, illuminating their military service and exploring the people and influences that shaped their early lives and the impact they made on their communities, their race, and their country. Their ambitions were not deterred by society's prejudicial dictates, and through their dignified acts of resistance and pioneering new pathways, they challenged the status quo and became symbols of an emancipated future.

A New Lecture Series is coming to NMHM!📚Kicking off today at 2 p.m. with author Jill Newmark on the lives of Black Civil...
07/01/2024

A New Lecture Series is coming to NMHM!📚

Kicking off today at 2 p.m. with author Jill Newmark on the lives of Black Civil War surgeons.

Join NMHM for this book talk to discuss the 14 Black physicians who served as surgeons with the U.S. military during the American Civil War. Their courageous lives and service are explored in this presentation, illuminating their military service and exploring the people and influences that shaped their early lives and the impact they made on their communities, their race, and their country. Their ambitions were not deterred by society's prejudicial dictates, and through their dignified acts of resistance and pioneering new pathways, they challenged the status quo and became symbols of an emancipated future.

In July 2023, our museum hosted an event highlighting military medical innovations. During this event, presenters from D...
06/01/2024

In July 2023, our museum hosted an event highlighting military medical innovations. During this event, presenters from Defense Health Agency discussed their current projects and what the future holds for military medicine, including medical simulation, 3D printing, and virtual reality.

Be on the lookout for similar events in 2024!




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05/01/2024

Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in women, but it can be prevented through vaccination and regular screening.

Get information on women’s health: www.health.mil/WomensHealth

05/01/2024

No fowl play here! 🐤

At TBICoE, we think birds are a hoot, so we can't stop “raven” about our feathered friends from Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Camp Pendleton (Barbara, Baby Shark, Dumpling, Sprinkles, and Tina), and Farfel and Nemo from Headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. To learn more about the people behind the birds and their work at TBICoE, visit www.health.mil/TBICoE.

(Photos by TBICoE staff)

05/01/2024

Double boop! 🐾

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dylan Pilkington praises Rocky during a demonstration at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

04/01/2024

There’s no cure for glaucoma, but early detection and treatment can protect your vision. TRICARE covers annual routine eye exams for military families.

For details on eye exam coverage for your TRICARE plan, visit: www.tricare.mil/vision

A New Lecture Series is coming to NMHM!📚Kicking off on Sunday, January 7th at 2 p.m. with author Jill Newmark on the liv...
04/01/2024

A New Lecture Series is coming to NMHM!📚

Kicking off on Sunday, January 7th at 2 p.m. with author Jill Newmark on the lives of Black Civil War surgeons.

Join NMHM for this book talk to discuss the 14 Black physicians who served as surgeons with the U.S. military during the American Civil War. Their courageous lives and service are explored in this presentation, illuminating their military service and exploring the people and influences that shaped their early lives and the impact they made on their communities, their race, and their country. Their ambitions were not deterred by society's prejudicial dictates, and through their dignified acts of resistance and pioneering new pathways, they challenged the status quo and became symbols of an emancipated future.

January is  . Since the American Red Cross began collecting blood donations in response to high demand during World War ...
03/01/2024

January is .

Since the American Red Cross began collecting blood donations in response to high demand during World War II, blood donors have been critical to the support of military medicine on the battlefield and at home.
Today, Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) carries on that mission during wartime and peace.


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Sgt. Donald Opdahl from Minneapolis, Minnesota volunteered to donate blood on April 20, 1952.

02/01/2024

It’s a new year – new beginnings and new resolutions. Resolve to test your home for radon. Learn how to protect your family in 2024. www.epa.gov/radon

January is  . 👁️Glaucoma, caused by damage to the optic nerve in the back of an eye, is a group of eye diseases that can...
02/01/2024

January is . 👁️

Glaucoma, caused by damage to the optic nerve in the back of an eye, is a group of eye diseases that can lead to vision loss and blindness.

From our archival collections, we have an illustration of pressure build up at the optic nerve causing glaucoma.


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01/01/2024

Happy New Year! 🎆🥳

From all of us at the museum, we want to say thank you for an amazing year, and we can’t wait to see what 2024 brings us.

Stay updated for all of our new events in the new year by following us !

Happy 2024!


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Today, we celebrate Andrea! Andrea Schierkolk, our Public Programs Manager, has been a part of our staff for over 15 yea...
31/12/2023

Today, we celebrate Andrea!

Andrea Schierkolk, our Public Programs Manager, has been a part of our staff for over 15 years. She plays a vital role in creating outreach programs that gets our community involved in learning and understanding the history of and future of innovations in military medicine.




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We want to wish everyone a safe and happy  ! 🎇🎇🎇Usher in the new year by following us  to keep up to date on new public ...
31/12/2023

We want to wish everyone a safe and happy ! 🎇🎇🎇

Usher in the new year by following us to keep up to date on new public programs, tour information, and much, much more.

We look forward to what #2024 will bring, and we hope to see you soon!




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Did you hear about the sick  ? It was cured.U.S. Army Veterinary Corps are responsible for the inspection of every food ...
30/12/2023

Did you hear about the sick ? It was cured.

U.S. Army Veterinary Corps are responsible for the inspection of every food item served to our troops, including bacon.


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  in 1826 Jules Talrich was born. Talrich was a plaster and wax anatomical model maker. He was the official sculptor of ...
30/12/2023

in 1826 Jules Talrich was born. Talrich was a plaster and wax anatomical model maker. He was the official sculptor of the Paris School of Medicine, and he created his own anatomical wax museum on the Grands Boulevards. John Shaw Billings, director of the Army Medical Museum (predecessor of NMHM) purchased some of Talrich’s models in the late 1800s to educate Army physicians in training at the Army Medical School.

The first wax model shows the effects of scrofula, or tuberculosis of the skin. Tuberculosis is most commonly found in the lungs, but the organism responsible, mycobacterium tuberculosis, is capable of causing infections throughout the body. Infection with mycobacteria is usually caused by breathing in air that is contaminated by these organisms. The disease spreads to the skin from the underlying lymph nodes, bone orthe lungs. Scrofula is manifested by the development of painful swelling that evolves into cold abscesses, ulcers, and draining sinus tracts. It is treated with anti-tuberculosis medications and sometimes surgery. This model showing scrofula was made by Jules Talrich in Paris, circa 1890. M-550.10070 (NMHM Photo)

The second wax model shows the effects of rhinophyma on a sailor. Rhinophyma is a skin disorder characterized by an enlarged, bumpy or bulbous nose and is a subtype of rosacea. As a result of this condition, the sailor suffered from nasal congestion. Although blamed on the individual’s excessive alcohol and to***co use, rhinophyma is caused by an unrelated enlargement of the sebaceous glands. Jules Talrich made this model in 1894, based on a case that Dr. Mallez of Paris, France treated. M-550.10065 (NMHM Photo)

The third wax model represented an adolescent girl, from the 19th century, with fusion of the left sacroiliac joint, rickets, and left lumbar scoliosis. M-550.10363 (NMHM Photo)

Playing cards can be more than just a fun way to pass time!Cards offer mental health benefits by encouraging socializati...
28/12/2023

Playing cards can be more than just a fun way to pass time!

Cards offer mental health benefits by encouraging socialization and keeping the mind sharp. They can be used as a form of cognitive therapy, like memory recognition and motor skills, for those recovering from military TBIs.




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What’s our photographer been shooting?📸📸📸Can you guess what this object in our featured macro shot?Put your best guess i...
27/12/2023

What’s our photographer been shooting?📸📸📸

Can you guess what this object in our featured macro shot?
Put your best guess in the comments, and we will post the answer in 24 hours.

Hint: It's related to our December's 'In the Lab'!


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26/12/2023

Happy Kwanzaa!

We wish everyone happy holidays and remind everyone that we will be closed today, Dec. 25. 🎅🎄 NMHM image
25/12/2023

We wish everyone happy holidays and remind everyone that we will be closed today, Dec. 25. 🎅🎄


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25/12/2023
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and we want to remind everyone that we will be closed on Dec. 25.Hang up those stockin...
24/12/2023

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and we want to remind everyone that we will be closed on Dec. 25.

Hang up those stockings with care, and St. Nick will be there quickly with the chill in the air!




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