Center for the History of Medicine: Preliminary Opening of the Vernacular Archive of Normal Volunteers, 1940-2018

Center for the History of Medicine: Preliminary Opening of the Vernacular Archive of Normal Volunteers, 1940-2018. “The Center for the History of Medicine is pleased to announce that the first portion of the Vernacular Archive of Normal Volunteers (VANV), 1940-2018 is now open to research. VANV is a collection of oral histories, associated archival documents, and project records created and collected by Laura Jeanine Morris Stark to explore the lives of the first ‘normal control’ research subjects at the Clinical Center of the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland who were recruited through NIH’s Normal Volunteer Patient Program. ” I didn’t have a good handle on what a “normal volunteer” is — the medical section of the Free Dictionary helped me out.