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National Library of Medicine

  • By: Gary L. Kreps
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is a major federal agency that is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Founded in 1836, it is now the world's largest biomedical library and performs vital health communication services for health care providers, researchers, and consumers. It is also the world's largest biomedical library. The NLM headquarters are on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The director of the NLM since 1984 is Dr. Donald Lindberg.

In addition to its vast physical library, the NLM provides digital information services about health and health care issues online to millions of users around the globe through its MedlinePlus health information system Web site for patients, families and other consumers, as well as other important online health information resources. The ...

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