Changing the Face of Medicine
LocationNational Library of Medicine, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD
Exhibition DesignRiggs + Ward
A resource center at the end of an exhibition provides access to four interactive activities and a searchable database of women physicians for student visitors.
In this special gallery within the Changing the Face of Medicine exhibition, visitors can sit down and engage in game-like activities that illuminate the work of physicians featured in the show. Visitors learn of the workings of the circulatory system and play a game by guiding a red blood cell on its journey through the body. In another activity they find out about some of the tools that doctors use to examine their patients, while another reveals the hereditary conditions for passing sickle cell anemia to the next generation. The fourth activity explores a specific kind of mistake in cell reproduction called translocation, and tests visitors’ ability to spot chromosomes with this type of error.
Press & AwardsDesigning Interfaces: Patterns for Effective Interaction Design, Jenifer Tidwell, 2006 (O’Reilly)American Association of Museums Muse Awards, Silver, Science, 2004
The sphygmograph interactive uses simple computer animations to explain the operation of a very complicated medical device. The device itself is within a case. In fact, the object on display would be very difficult for visitors to understand without the use of technology. This entry is a very helpful interpretive tool for explaining an obscure but important artifact. It is a perfect example of how new media can help visitors learn in an exhibition, rather than just add noise and diversion.“Realtime,” Wired, March 2004Eisenhower National Clearinghouse, Digital Dozen, January 2004Blue Web’n, November 21, 2003
- Jeremy Clark
- Gabe Kean
- David Brewer, Sam Ward
- Lisa Berndt, Mary Ellen Marmaduke
- Production Assistant
- David Waingarten
- Exhibit Design
- Riggs Ward
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