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Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology Expands Online Collection
Date:6/18/2013

Park Ridge, IL (PRWEB) June 18, 2013

The Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology (WLM) has been carrying out an ongoing project to make as much of its collection as possible available online. The WLM's premises in Park Ridge, Illinois contain the largest and most comprehensive archive of anesthesiology-related publications and artifacts in the world, offering a unique opportunity to study the history of anesthesiology. The Wood Library-Museum's goal is to offer its holdings to a wider audience through freely available multimedia resources.

A major part of the project is the continuing digitization of the WLM's Rare Book Collection. More than 200 titles have recently been added to the site's online archive. Many of these titles can be accessed by the public only through WLM; by making them available online they now can be more widely studied by scholars, students and enthusiasts who are unable to visit the WLM's premises in Park Ridge. The Rare Book Collection includes books and professional journals as well as a trove of letters, diaries, portraits and other materials, which give a unique insight into the development of the specialty of anesthesiology.

Another addition to the website is Anesthesiology Reflections, a collection of over 130 short vignettes covering all aspects of anesthesiology. These include discussions of equipment, techniques and experiments. Subjects range from the technical to the whimsical, such as Charles Darwin's experiments with etherizing a Venus flytrap.

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