Building a body of knowledge: sickle cell and libraries

Richard H. Nollan


Lemuel Whitley Diggs spent his career seeking a cure for sickle cell anemia. As with many successful researchers, his work was informed by the publications that he found in the medical library. This article describes Diggs’s relationship to the library as an integral part of his research methodology.


Medical Libraries; Academic Health Sciences Libraries; Sickle Cell Anemia; Lemuel Whitley Diggs; History of Medicine

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Diggs LW. The blood picture in sickle cell anemia. Southern Med J. (1932);25:615–20.

Diggs LW. Dr. George Hoyt Whipple. Johns Hopkins Med J. 1976;139(5):196–200.

Sydenstricker VP. Sickle-cell anemia. Med Clinics North Am. 1929;12:1451–7.

The L.W. Diggs, M.D. Sickle cell literature collection: 1910–1970. 64 v. Located at: Health Sciences Historical Collections, Health Sciences Library, University of Tennessee–Memphis.



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