Stories, photos, cards, gifts and oral histories document medical community’s experience during and after 2013 attacks.
March 25, 2014—Strong Medicine, a digital archive, captures the Boston medical community’s experiences of and responses to the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing.
(See a slideshow featuring items in the collection below.)
Launched by the Center for the History of Medicine at Countway Library, Strong Medicine is collecting stories, photographs and other media from the Boston medical community and making them available to inform health care professionals, students and the general public. Strong Medicine is partnering with Our Marathon at Northeastern University, which is collecting from Greater Boston and beyond.
The project’s current activities include:
- Seeking and accepting submissions from individuals in the medical community to create the most complete and useful documentary record possible. Stories and materials can be submitted here as well as at collection events held by Strong Medicine at medical institutions.
- Interviews with key Boston health care professionals on duty that day, funded by the Boston Medical Library. Interview topics include disaster planning and preparedness, the awareness and presence of news media and social media, technologies and training and lessons learned. A summary of the first oral history, with Dr. Alasdair Conn, head of emergency services as Massachusetts General Hospital, can be found here.
Strong Medicine is managed by Joan Ilacqua, project coordinator, who can be contacted with any questions.