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Over the past 10 years, I've worked hard to build a brand around medical history. Much of my content is made richer with images from some truly fantastic #histmed collections around the world. Here's 10 institutes/organizations you should be following on Twitter.👇
#10: Wellcome Collection (@ExploreWellcome) in London which explores "ideas about the connections between medicine, life and art." It features, amongst many objects, NAPOLEON'S TOOTHBRUSH with bristles made from horsehair.
@ExploreWellcome #9: National Museum of Health & Medicine (@medicalmuseum) in Maryland, which was established during the Civil War as a center for the collection of specimens & artifacts related to trauma & pathology. Here's the BULLET which killed ABRAHAM LINCOLN, which was recently on display.
@ExploreWellcome @medicalmuseum #8: Mutter Museum (@MutterMuseum) in Philadelphia, which contains an incredible collection of anatomical and pathological specimens, including this NECKLACE made out of GENITAL WARTS from the 19th century. There's a reason why this museum is so (in)famous!
@ExploreWellcome @medicalmuseum @MutterMuseum #7: Burns Archive (@BurnsArchive), which is best known for providing photographic evidence of forgotten, unseen, and disquieting aspects of history. Here is a brilliant photo of a VICTORIAN OPERATING THEATER from their collection.
@ExploreWellcome @medicalmuseum @MutterMuseum @BurnsArchive #6: Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow (@RCPSGheritage), which has a great collection of rare books and objects relating to medical history, including a LISTON KNIFE, invented by Robert Liston, who could amputate leg in under 30 seconds in the 19th century.
@ExploreWellcome @medicalmuseum @MutterMuseum @BurnsArchive @RCPSGheritage #5: Hunterian Museum (@HunterianLondon), which boasts unrivalled collections of human and non-human anatomical and pathological specimens, including a CHILD'S SKULL from the 19th century showing deciduous teeth (baby/primary teeth) and permanent teeth located above.
@ExploreWellcome @medicalmuseum @MutterMuseum @BurnsArchive @RCPSGheritage @HunterianLondon #4: Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Library & Archive (@RCSEdArchive), which has digitalized a large portion of its collection so that anyone anywhere in the world can access great works relating to medical history. Check out this APOTHECARY BILL from 1701.
@ExploreWellcome @medicalmuseum @MutterMuseum @BurnsArchive @RCPSGheritage @HunterianLondon @RCSEdArchive #3: National Museum of Civil War Medicine (@CivilWarMed), which tells the story of care and healing, courage and devotion amidst America's bloodiest war. On display is a SEVERED ARM believed to be from the September 1862 Battle of Antietam.
@ExploreWellcome @medicalmuseum @MutterMuseum @BurnsArchive @RCPSGheritage @HunterianLondon @RCSEdArchive @CivilWarMed #2: Surgeons' Hall (@SurgeonsHall) in Edinburgh, which contains this BOOK BOUND IN THE SKIN of William Burke, who was executed in 1829. Afterwards, he was publicly dissected and his skin used to create various trinkets like the one you see me holding here.
@ExploreWellcome @medicalmuseum @MutterMuseum @BurnsArchive @RCPSGheritage @HunterianLondon @RCSEdArchive @CivilWarMed @surgeonshall And #1 on my list is the Old Operating Theatre (@OldOpTheatre) in London. You can travel back to the past as this museum contains the SECOND OLDEST OPERATING THEATRE in the world, which will truly give you a sense of what it was like to live (and die) in the 19th century.
@ExploreWellcome @medicalmuseum @MutterMuseum @BurnsArchive @RCPSGheritage @HunterianLondon @RCSEdArchive @CivilWarMed @surgeonshall @OldOpTheatre I owe a huge debt to the amazing museums, libraries, and archives around the world that make my work possible - as well as the many historians (academic and otherwise) whose research continues to aid and inspire my own. No brand is built by one person alone.
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