The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library is currently hosting a new traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine. Every Necessary Care & Attention: George Washington & Medicine explores the role of medicine during the lifetime of first president, Revolutionary War general, and plantation owner, George Washington. The exhibit examines some of the health issues encountered in the course of organizing troops during the American Revolution and in the management of Washington’s Mt. Vernon estate. It also looks at the presence of medicine in Washington’s personal life, through events like the death of his half-brother from tuberculosis in 1752 and Washington’s own survival of several diseases including smallpox, dysentery, and malaria.
Accompanying the six exhibit banners from NLM are rare books and artifacts from the Health Sciences Library’s collections, selected by Historical Collections Specialist Emily Bowden. Featured items include a set of 19th century dental instruments, an 1827 printing of a Revolutionary War doctor’s journal, home health texts, and bloodletting instruments. Every Necessary Care & Attention: George Washington & Medicine will be on display in the front lobby of the Library from July 22, 2016 to September 2, 2016.