Dittrick Medical History Center

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!

 

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Holiday open house and Museum store sale

Date posted: November 22nd, 2016

Saturday, December 10th, 10:00am -2:00pm
Holiday open house and Museum store sale
Come in and join us for holiday refreshments and savings on all books and posters from our online store.  …Read more.

Brandy Schillace, Senior Research Associate and Public Engagement Fellow, Dittrick Museum
Brandy Schillace, Senior Research Associate and Public Engagement Fellow, Dittrick Museum

The 18th European Association of Museums of the History of Medical Sciences biennial Congress

Date posted: November 22nd, 2016

The 18th European Association of Museums of the History of Medical Sciences biennial Congress occurred in Groningen (the Netherlands), September 28th – September 30th 2016, jointly hosted between the University museum, University of Groningen and the University Medical Centre Groningen. …Read more.

Highlights

Holiday Hours

The Dittrick Museum will close at 3:00pm November 23rd. We will be closed November 24th, 25th and 26th; December 23rd, 24th and 26th, Dec. 30th and 31st (2016) and Jan. 2nd, (2017).
We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

Page last modified: November 22, 2016