Now the largest collection of biomedical resources in the world, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) began in 1836 with a single shelf of medical books in the Library of the Office of the Surgeon General of the Army. “The job of the National Library of Medicine is to acquire, organize, disseminate, and preserve the biomedical knowledge of the world for the benefit of public health,” says Donald A. B. Lindberg, MD, director of the NLM. This “biomedical knowledge” includes diverse resources such as:
- PubMed, a database of more than 20 million articles published in more than 5,300 journals
- The Visible Human, a digital image library of the complete anatomy of a man and a woman
- ClinicalTrials.gov, the world’s largest clinical trials registry
- Disaster information centers in Central and South America
- Databases that offer a single source for genomic information
And more to come!
Source: Slomski, A. The National Library of Medicine. 175 years of advancing biomedical knowledge. JAMA. 305(21):2158-2161, June 1, 2011. http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/21/2158.extract
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