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Download a Free Copy of the Book Hidden Treasure!

Cover of Hidden TreasureIn April 2012, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) published a remarkably illustrated book edited by Michael Sappol, Hidden Treasure, which features rare, beautiful, idiosyncratic, and surprising works in the collection of the world’s largest medical library. NLM selected extraordinary pieces largely unseen by the public from more than 17 million items dating from the eleventh century to the present. Each photograph of an object is accompanied by a brief, but lively, explanatory essay.

Among the treasures featured are charming hand-painted glass “magic lantern slides,” which doctors used to entertain and help cure inmates at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for the Insane (in the 1800s in Washington, D.C.), to surreal views of mechanically sliced cadavers in the photographic anatomical atlas of France’s notorious surgeon Eugène-Louis Doyen. Overall, the book encompasses a staggering variety of worldwide objects from seven centuries.

Download a free e-copy of the book and celebrate the richness of NLM’s collections! Print copies are also on sale at and other outlets.

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