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Dittrick Medical History Center

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!

 

 

 

News

Announcing another presentation in our “Explorations” series

Date posted: October 29th, 2014

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Explorations is a series of informal presentations for our members
November 18th at 6:00pm, Jennifer Nieves and Diane O’Malia present The Lakeside Unit: Cleveland Medicine in World War I.
The Lakeside Unit, Base Hospital No. 4, out of Cleveland, Ohio, was the first contingent of the United States Army to see active duty in Europe in the First World War.  Organization of this medical unit was initiated in 1914, more than two years before the US. [...Read more]

Kate Manning book lecture audio posted

Date posted: September 25th, 2014

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This past Tuesday author Kate Manning spoke to an enthusiastic crowd about her book My Notorious Life and the research that went into it. O, the Oprah Magazine, calls the book “a daring page-turner.” The work is based upon the true story of Anne Lohman, also known as Madame Restell, a prominent New York midwife enveloped in scandal, who died by suicide in 1879. The audio is posted in our Audio Archives at:  http://artsci.case.edu/dittrick/online-exhibits/audio-archives/ [...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! [...Read more]

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! [...Read more]