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Chronicling historical medical artifacts, part 1

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Thanks to the funding received from the Legacy Grant the Wangensteen Library is going to be able to take 4,000 medical instruments from its collection of artifacts and enrich their catalog records through the creation of new, more improved metadata, thereby furthering the opportunities for research and study.
The Wangensteen student showcase exhibit

Wangensteen Student Showcase

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See student success in action! This multi-part exhibit explores how undergraduate students from a variety of academic disciplines use historical materials from the Wangensteen in their coursework and projects.
Several students standing and examining rare books placed on long tables.

Top 10 Health Sciences Libraries stories of 2022

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We’re celebrating 2022 with a look back at our favorite stories of the year that feature the innovative, impactful, fun, and purpose-filled work at the Health Sciences Library and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine. 
Black and white photo of 8 people surrounding a table looking at cards in a card catalog.

Celebrating the Health Sciences Libraries from 1892 to 2022

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The Health Sciences Library and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine are known as collaborative partners in the interprofessional Health Sciences Education Center, but the roots of the Health Sciences Libraries started 130 years ago. Enjoy this photo history that spans the 1892 collections funding from the Board of Regents to our 2022 expertise and resources that advance the research and education needs of today’s health professionals!
Dozens of brightly colored boxes that contain pharmaceutical products are on a table covered by a blue-quilted cloth. Anna Shepherd's blue-gloved hand is seen pointing at a box on the table.

Wangensteen Library receives Cultural Heritage Grant

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The University of Minnesota's Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine has been awarded a Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage grant in the amount of $103,162. The funding will be used to provide “Access to Historical Healthcare Artifacts” currently in the Wangensteen collections but not yet available via its online catalog.
A book showing a large snake is shown at the 2022 Wangensteen Historical Library's Halloween pop-up exhibit.

Halloween @ Wangensteen 2022

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Let's take a look back at the Halloween @ Wangensteen 2022 pop up exhibit. See some spooky images from the collection and look back at the fun!
Poster promoting the Wangensteen's anatomy pop up exhibit

Pop up exhibit: Bodies and anatomy

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The Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine will be showcasing some of the most famous images in the history of anatomy on November 18, 12-1:30pm.
Charlie Heinz and Claire Thomas

Practicing for an emergency

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“Do no harm” is a major tenet of the physicians’ creed, in the Hippocratic Oath or a modernized version of it. To reduce risk and improve training, Medical School students participate in simulated clinical experiences where standardized patients — real people trained to show up with certain symptoms — interact with physicians-to-be in a room set up like a clinic or an emergency room. Now, the U’s emergency medicine students are testing in the Libraries' Virtual Reality Studio.
A table in the makerspace with project supplies and The Big Book of Maker Space Projects

Is the Makerspace my space?

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In the bright, yet somewhat austere environment of the Health Sciences Education Center, the Health Sciences Library Makerspace stands out, with colorful displays in its windows and — inside its doors — intriguing tools, 3D printers, and plenty of tables to spread out a project. This space — its equipment, its whimsical approach, and its meaningful outcomes — is meant for everyone connected to the U who wishes to explore their craft skills and their creativity.
A close-up from an 1862 hand-colored Japanese woodblock print. In the foreground is a demon representing measles; in the background is a fearful physician.

Drawn to health: Bodies and medicine in popular visual culture

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“Drawn to Health: Bodies and Medicine in Popular Visual Culture” explores the historical and contemporary use of visual narratives to communicate about health, featuring collections held at both the Wangensteen Historical Library and the Children’s Literature Research Collections. Visit this exhibit now through December 29, 2022.

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