National Library of Medicine

This web site, Awendan, is about creativity in the arts. Most of the articles featured here are a direct reflection on painting, theater, or literature. This article takes a slightly different view of that creativity. We will take a look at how these creative talents are used in medicine to inform and educate the uninformed.



There is a library, National Library of Medicine, full of great literature, images, and motion pictures about medicine that provides information on a wide variety of subjects and in a variety of languages. This library is the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the information is housed in their Digital Collections, which is available for free.



The Collections cover such subjects as ‘Medicine in the Americas, 1610-1920′, ‘Cholera Online, 1817 to 1900′, World War 1, 1914-1918′, ‘Tropical Disease Motion Pictures, and ‘The Public Health Film Goes to War’. There are over 12,000 items in these collections.

Also, these items are available in many languages; most are in English; however they do include Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Latin and even one in Ancient Greek.



If you are interested in Therapeutic Oils then you need to take a look at “Viaticus” by Constantine, the African. The publication date is between 1200-1299. However, before you do you will probably have to learn Latin.

The web site offers a large variety of information both historical and current that can be and is valuable to anyone that wants to visit the National Library of Medicine.

Digital Collections is the National Library of Medicine’s free online archive of biomedical books and videos. All of the content in Digital Collections is freely available worldwide and, unless otherwise indicated, in the public domain. Digital Collections provides unique access to NLM’s rich, historical resources.

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Rebels With a Cause

Rebels With a Cause: American Impressionist Women from the Huntsville Museum of Art

Is an exhibit that is in’s final week of showing at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, Mississippi.

“Rebels With a Cause features 55 works by female artists from the Sellars Collection that exemplify the strong effect that French Impressionism had on late 19th century American art. In this exhibition are paintings and works on paper that embody the early influence of French Impressionism and its precursor, the Barbizon style.

The exhibition showcases works that adopt the various hallmarks of what became known as the American Impressionist style, branching out beyond the strict definitions of Impressionism and incorporating other modern movements and more individual artistic approaches. The female artists in the show were active between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. Many rebelled against the convention of their day by exhibiting alongside their male counterparts, receiving awards, and pioneering the way for those who would follow. Today’s art historians are rediscovering these women and reestablishing their rightful place in the expanding narrative of American art.

The emphasis on female painters distinguishes Rebels With a Cause from other art exhibitions. The works are on loan from The Sellars Collection of art by American women at the Hunstville Museum of Art, one of the finest collections in the South of work by female artists.

The artists featured in the exhibition including Mississippian Marie Hull, were active during the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. Works in the show include landscapes, still life paintings, genre scenes, and portraits. The subject matter and the time frame in which the works were created make them a perfect complement to the paintings in the LRMA American Collection.”

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In Shevchenko’s Land – Ukraine

T h e U k r a i n i a n M u s e u m
222 East 6th Street (bet. 2nd and 3rd Aves.) New York, NY 10003

With all the events that are currently happening between Russia and the Ukraine what better way to learn more about the Ukrainian traditions and culture that to visit the Ukrainian Museum. Fortunately we do not have to travel to the Ukraine now to experience and learn more about their history.

There currently is running an exhibit at the Ukrainian Museum right here in New York. Yes, there is a Ukrainian Museum in the U.S.A. The exhibit is entitled “In Shevchenko’s Land” and runs from March 29 through October 26, 2014. which means if you are in New York for summer vacation it would be the perfect time to visit the museum.

“The exhibition In Shevchenko’s Land was inspired by a series of etchings planned by artist Taras Shevchenko as a means to document the most important events in Ukrainian history, Ukrainian traditions and culture, and the beauty of Ukraine’s natural landscapes. Traditional Ukrainian costumes and ritual cloths from the Museum’s permanent collection of folk art, along with folk icons from a private collection, are presented against a backdrop of several enlarged prints of Shevchenko’s works. The exhibition will be on display through the end of October, 2014.

Late 19th century costumes – exquisitely embroidered shirts, masterfully woven skirts, and accessories – all hand-made by women, icons painted by folk artisans known locally as “God painters,” and rushnyky, antique woven and embroidered ritual cloths (essential for every important life event), illustrate the folk traditions that were familiar to Shevchenko in his time. Enlarged prints of a few of the artist’s works serve as the inspiration and insight into the lifestyle of a typical Ukrainian serf – Taras Shevchenko’s status from birth until his freedom was purchased at the age of twenty-four.

Taras-Shevchenko-1Freed from the shackles of serfdom, Shevchenko’s short-lived liberty soon led to arrests, exile, and unfulfilled dreams, having vexed the implacable leaders of Tsarist Russia, who held a deep distrust of any expressions of appreciation for Ukrainian culture. Despite the obstacles, Shevchenko’s artistic drive, which branched into poetry and prose, flourished over time. He became known best for the beauty and resonance of his poetry, which, after his untimely death at age forty-seven, played a major role in forming a Ukrainian national identity.

Taras-Shevchenko-2Curated by Lubow Wolynetz, the curator of the Museum’s folk art collection, In Shevchenko’s Land is the first of two exhibitions organized in commemoration of the bicentennial of the birth of Taras Shevchenko. The second, Taras Shevchenko: Post, Artist, Icon – scheduled to open to the public on May 11, 2014 – will include original watercolors and lithographs by Taras Shevchenko, as well as publications, historical artifacts, and a number of exact replicas of a selection of literary and art works.”

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