Tag Archives: Center for the History of Medicine

Consider the Lab Notebook

Stack of Lab Notebooks

“Good science requires good record keeping.”¹

The laboratory notebook has changed little over hundreds of years. Part journal, part scrapbook, it is a record of both what a researcher thinks and what she does. It documents her day-to-day hypotheses, experiments, observations, analyses, and conclusions. Think of Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches of a flying machine or Darwin’s detailed field notes from his voyage on the Beagle. In today’s modern laboratories, researchers use the same kind of bound paper notebook to document their work.

The 1876 notebook of Alexander Graham Bell, who patented the first practical telephone.

The 1876 notebook of Alexander Graham Bell, who patented the first practical telephone.

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Essex Papers to End Up at Harvard

Max Essex in his office

 

The papers of noted AIDS researcher Dr. Max Essex will end up at Harvard, where he has been conducting significant HIV/AIDS research since the beginning of the epidemic. Essex is the Mary Woodard Lasker Professor of Health Sciences at Harvard University, as well as Chair of both the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health AIDS Initiative (HAI) and the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP).

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