For almost 200 years, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the institutions that preceded it acquired and disseminated the knowledge base that supports clinical practice, funded and conducted the research that made sure that knowledge was available at the point of need, preserved the trail linking medicine's past to its present, and ensured that people everywhere had free access to current and relevant health information in a vernacular familiar to them.

The NLM plays an important role in biological discovery and the success of new programs, such as the Precision Medicine Initiative. Its efforts accelerate discovery, maintain the infrastructure ...

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