Hirsh files from ‘health journalist heaven’

Andrew Van Dam

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Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

For the past few days, Consumer Reports‘ Jamie Hirsh has been filing dispatches from what she calls “health journalist heaven,” otherwise known as the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Md. She and five other health reporters were there on an AHCJ-NLM Health Journalism Fellowship.

preflightThe National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Md. Photo by rex libris via Flickr

Not only is it the largest medical library in the world, Hirsh writes, it’s also relatively immune to nuclear attack, courtesy of an underground vault. Also, thanks to exhaustive databases of both research and clinical trials, it’s also a spectacular resource for health journalists.

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