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The Arts and Medicine
December 20, 2016

“Healing” Objets d’art Shine in Minerals in Medicine

Author Affiliations
  • 1Independent journalist, Bethesda, Maryland
 

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JAMA. 2016;316(23):2462-2463. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.18435

John Gallin, MD, director of the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center, has been fascinated with minerals for decades, ever since he found a garnet crystal at age 5 while vacationing with his parents in his native New York, which counts “the Garnet State” among its nicknames.

More than 60 years later, Gallin’s lifelong interest in minerals and crystals coupled with a chance introduction to a Smithsonian geologist has led to an unusual collaboration: an exhibit called Minerals in Medicine on display in the lobby of the Clinical Center, the NIH’s research hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.

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