Thursday, July 23, 2015
NIH Clinical Center staff wore these colorful patches in the 1970s-80s.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Having loved government-issued pens for…well, many years…I was surprised to learn that they were mandated by Congress under the 1938 Wagner-O’Day Act to be bought from firms employing blind Americans.
Friday, July 10, 2015
The engineers of NIH’s Building 7 covered the cinder block wall around the phone in the attic with important phone numbers.
Friday, July 3, 2015
Before flash drives, index cards provided portable information. Dr. Jack Davidson created a set about the NIH Clinical Center’s Nuclear Medicine Department (NMD). This month, we’ll be highlighting a few of the NIH Office of History's more recent accessions.
Friday, June 26, 2015
An example of preventive medicine added to the 1951 NIH Clinical Center time capsule was a vial of synthetic folic acid, a B vitamin. Folic acid had first been isolated in crystalline form in 1943, but in 1951, Dr. James Hundley wrote that the “exact chemical form in which folic acid exists as a functional unit in metabolism is still in doubt."
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Only one building was restricted during the 1951 NIH open house—Building 7, specially designed for infectious disease research. Children under 16 were not admitted. And there was only one demonstration: Dr. Karl Habel of NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) showed the special procedures necessary in the collecting and handling of material for research on and vaccine development for rickettsial diseases carried by ticks. In this photo, is Dr. Habel following his own advice?
Friday, June 12, 2015
In 1951, Dr. Robert Bowman showed visitors to NIH’s Building 3 his prototype of a device that scanned wavelengths of fluorescent light emitted from various samples. Bowman’s spectrophotofluorometer, or “SPF,” allowed scientists to use fluorescence as a way to identify and measure tiny amounts of substances in the body. This scientific breakthrough is still used today.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Here’s a mystery with some history: President Harry Truman laid the cornerstone of the NIH Clinical Center on June 22, 1951. Someone removed it for construction reasons on June 14-17, 1977. Where is it now?
Friday, May 29, 2015
Many scientists at the NIH used the metabolic chamber—a room constructed as a scientific instrument in which volunteers could live—to study how our bodies use air, food, and water under different conditions. Would you have volunteered for a study? Today's NIH Intramural investigators have even more advanced technologies to learn about energy expenditure's affects on obesity.
Friday, May 22, 2015
Few scientists have made as many important discoveries as Dr. Ichiji Tasaki, shown here with his wife and lab partner Nobuko, using many instruments that he made or modified himself.