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Sunday, 28th February 2010

New Online Exhibit from National Library of Medicine: "An Iconography of Contagion"

From the Announcement:

An Iconography of Contagion: A Web Exhibition of 20th-century Health Posters has been launched in a new online version, on the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Web site.

The site, which is adapted from the exhibition of the same name, hosted by the National Academy of Sciences in 2008, features more than 20 health posters from the 1920s to the 1990s, from North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Using images that are by turns beautiful, humorous, jarring and unexpected, they cover infectious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, AIDS, gonorrhea and syphilis. In pictures, text and captions, An Iconography of Contagion shows the interplay between medical science, politics, public understanding of disease, war, and cultural values and prejudices. It was curated by medical historian Michael Sappol in NLM's History of Medicine Division.

The announcement has a few examples of the posters.

Source: National Library of Medicine


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