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.
Date posted: March 3rd, 2014
The Dittrick recently received over fifty microscopes from the collection of Robert B. Benyo, MD. A graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Benyo was affiliated with Euclid Hospital (now part of the Cleveland Clinic). The collections is comprised of over fifty microscopes from the 18th through the 20th century, from America, Britain, […]
Date posted: February 20th, 2014
On Thursday, April 3 at 6pm, Dr. Brandy Schillace of the Dittrick Museum will present a lecture at the Museum of Contemporary Art as part of DIRGE: Reflections on [Life and] Death. The Dirge exhibit explores how contemporary artists use their individual practices to capture, react to, reflect on, and make sense of mortality. The […]
Date posted: February 7th, 2014
Lucy Inglis (Museum of London) presents Jan Van Rymsdyk: Medical Illustrator Extraordinary, Thursday, Feb 20, 6:00 PM. Jan Van Rymsdyk was the best anatomical artist of the eighteenth century. His work on two pioneering medical treatises, A Set of Anatomical Tables and The Gravid Uterus, marked the birth of modern obstetrics. Yet Van Rymsdyk’s life […]
Date posted: January 10th, 2014
Organized by Megan Lykins Reich, Director of Programs and Associate Curator, DIRGE offers artistic Reflections on [Life and] Death. Appearing in the Main Gallery and Rosalie and Morton Cohen Family Gallery, March 7, 2014 — June 8, 2014. The Affiliations: Dittrick museum is hosting a temporary exhibit on anatomy artist Jan Van Rymsdyk and a […]