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Experience NLM’s “Turning The Pages” on the iPad

Image of a page from A Surgical Casebook

One of the most prominent displays inside the National Library of Medicine is the Turning The Pages kiosk. Using touchscreen technology and animation software, you can view digitized images of rare and beautiful historic books in the biomedical sciences. iPad users with an internet connection can now enjoy this experience by downloading the free app on iTunes.

Turning The Pages (TTP) is a system that allow users to touch and turn the pages of virtual books in an intuitive manner. They can zoom in on the pages for more detail, read explanations of the text, and access additional information on the books in the form of curators’ notes. A tutorial is available in the app for step-by-step instructions on how to use TTP.

There are currently two books, Hanaoka Seishu’s Surgical Casebook and Hieronymus Brunschwig’s Liber de Arte Distilland, showcased in the app with others to follow.

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