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Two New Apps from the National Library of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has recently announced the creation of two new apps available for free download.

Screenshot of Turning the Pages Mobile App

For researchers and history enthusiasts the NLM has released the Turning the Pages App for the iPad: The application is free and features selections from three rare books from the Library’s collection. All three books first appeared on NLM’s Turning the pages kiosks and website over the past three years: The new app allows iPad users to have an up-close virtual experience with these rare treasures; the animated books scanned at high resolution are accompanied by curatorial text written by experts in their fields which put the books and images into context.

The books featured include a Japanese surgical manuscript dating from the early 19th century by noted physician Hanaoka Seishu, the first surgeon to use anesthesia in an operation. Another book included in the app is Hieronymus Brunschwig’s De Arte Distillandi, printed in Strasbourg in 1512, which contains numerous hand colored woodcuts showing physicians, alchemists, and their laboratories in Early Modern Europe. The third book is an early Persian manuscript by medieval natural historian al-Qazwini entitled “The Cosmography,” which includes colorful hand-drawn illustrations of zodiac constellations, animals, and plants from the Islamic world of the period.

Launched at NLM in 2001, Turning the Pages is part of a continuing collaboration between NLM’s Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications and the History of Medicine Division.

Also new to the NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites ( is the Lact Med App for iPhone/iPod and Android devices. Need to know more about drugs and breastfeeding? The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) can help:

Lact Med Mobile Logo

LactMed is a peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Its information covers maternal and infant drug levels, possible effects on lactation and on breastfed infants, and alternative drugs to consider:

Now you can access LactMed with your mobile device. The LactMed App for iPhone/iPod Touch and Android can be downloaded at





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