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Changing the Face of Medicine

Changing the Face of Medicine

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This comprehensive, online exhibition from the National Library of Medicine contains a variety of features that can be used to discover the history of women in medicine. It is based on an exhibit at the National Library of Medicine that closed in 2005, but it continues as a traveling exhibition on display in libraries across the United States. This online exhibit contains a rich group of resources ranging from videos of exemplary women doctors discussing their lives and careers to a data base of women in the medical field to educational activities and lesson plans.


For Educators

Groups of lesson plans targeted for specific age grade bands are featured on the site. While they do relate to the topic of women in medicine, they are primarily designed to enhance understanding of the physiology of the body and the field of medicine so they can be used to provide instruction on those topics. The K-2 lesson explores the senses of smell, touch, taste, sight, and hearing. The 3-5 lesson plans cover the circulatory system. Three lessons for grades 5-8 focus on the biological and developmental changes that take place during adolescence. There are two high-school lessons. The first lesson is a lab activity that illustrates the importance of hand washing as a way to prevent the spread disease. The second is focused on careers in the health sciences.

Students in middle school and above can use the online interactive activities about how the human body works. These include The Circulation Station, which focuses on the circulatory system; The Doctor is In, which teaches about some of the tools that doctors use to examine their patients; and Sickle Cell Anemia, which teaches about how this hereditary illness is passed on and diagnosed. The fourth activity, A Closer Look at Chromosomes, which covers cell reproduction on the chromosomal level, is probably more appropriate for high-school students. Each of these activities concludes with a section that introduces the work of a woman in the medical profession who has contributed to the topic under discussion.

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