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Dittrick Medical History Center

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About the Dittrick Museum of Medical History

The Dittrick Medical History Center is comprised of the museum, archives, and collections of rare books, artifacts, and images. The Center originated as part of the Cleveland Medical Library Association (est. 1894) and today functions as an interdisciplinary study center within the College of Arts and Sciences of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

For a long time, the Dittrick could be said to be a doctor’s museum.  Doctors created it, staffed it, collected for it, and saw it as a vehicle to document and venerate the medical profession. We still do that, but have broadened our mission to encompass a more universal perspective on health and medicine.  Our most recent initiative, for example, presents the history of contraception.  There are doctors and medicine in that story to be sure, but a whole lot more.  We embrace the experience of individuals and society, trying to understand what options they had and what choices they made. We provide narratives about key collection pieces, news and notes about upcoming events,  and interesting and anecdotal reflections on our shared medical past and its connection to our present and future.

Find out more by reading our latest newsletter!

 

The Dittrick Museum and Medical History Center will be closed September 1st  – 5th, 2014.

 

 

News

Kate Manning book event!

Date posted: August 27th, 2014

Notorious

September 23rd, 5:30 pm book launch, My Notorious Life by Kate Manning The Dittrick Museum will host a book signing and talk featuring Kate Manning, author of the new historical novel, My Notorious Life (Scribner). O, the Oprah Magazine, calls the book “a daring page-turner.” Readers can learn more about My Notorious Life on Manning’s [...read more]

Pardon Our Dust!

Date posted: July 14th, 2014

We are renovating gallery space! As a result, certain exhibits will be closed. We apologize for any inconvenience, but not to worry! The museum will remain open through much of the construction, and we look forward to sharing more medical history in the renewed spaces!

Forensic Exhibit now on Display in Hall Gallery!

Date posted: July 14th, 2014

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Did you miss the special exhibit? No problem! The forensic exhibit introducing Cleveland’s own “Sherlock,” the blood and poison expert John George Spenzer, has a new home! The temporary display has been moved to a permanent exhibit case in the Dittrick’s hall gallery. Come discover Spenzer’s case book!