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"Frankenstein" Opens at NLM: From the pulsating brain to the fog spilling over the mezzanine, from the chilling music to the eerie images projected onto the rotunda dome, with masses of MD's, medical librarians and others costumed beyond recognition, the opening of NLM's "Frankenstein" exhibition had it all. The Oct. 30 reception centered on the library's newest attraction, a collection that features an original edition of Mary Shelley's 1818 masterpiece, archaic devices designed to reanimate the dead, a look at Hollywood's take on the Frankenstein legend, and a look at modern-day scientific phenomena that have been compared to Frankenstein such as cloning and genetic engineering.

Special guest Sara Karloff (second from l), daughter of actor Boris, added star power to the opening, and is joined here by NLM director Dr. Donald Lindberg and his wife, Mary, plus the guest of honor.

Families from NIH's Children's Inn were special guests, touring the exhibit with Frankenstein himself, enjoying a magician and savoring bags of Halloween goodies.

The Visible Humans showed up to honor the occasion; they are NLM Graphics Specialist Joe Fitzgerald and his wife Jean.

Lindberg welcomes NIH director Dr. Harold Varmus (c) and Dr. Michael Gottesman, NIH deputy director for intramural research. "Frankenstein" is open during regular library hours until Aug. 15, 1998.

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