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Dittrick to host International Society for the History of Neurosciences

Date posted: April 4th, 2018

On June 19-23, 2018 the Dittrick will host the 23rd Congress of the International Society for the History of Neurosciences (ISHN; est. 1995). This came about through the current ISHN President, Douglas Lanska, who did his neurology residency and fellowship in Cleveland in the 1980s. …Read more.

Skin Deep: Photographing Dermatology, an online exhibit

Date posted: January 20th, 2018

Here we present material from a Dittrick Museum digital exhibit–Photographing Dermatology: The collections of Dr William Thomas Corlett (1854–1948).
William Thomas Corlett was born in Orange, Ohio and educated at Oberlin College from 1870 to 1873. …Read more.

The Dittrick Museum Online Exhibits: SmallPox

Date posted: January 16th, 2018

Did you know that Dittrick has digital exhibits? Our website hosts several “online” exhibits, guest-written by talented people. Today, I will be presenting from “Small Pox: A city on the edge of Disaster,” written by Patsy Gerstner, PhD. …Read more.

Tis the Season for Sneezin! Historical “Cures” for the Common Cold

Date posted: January 4th, 2018

The temperatures are dropping; snow begins to fly. Soon, our thoughts are turned to hearth and home, warm drinks, good company, and holiday cheer. But nothing dampens the spirit like that other winter arrival: the common cold. …Read more.

Rare Book Catalogue in Preparation

Date posted: November 9th, 2017

We are in the process of composing a catalogue that will present a selection of works from our rare book collection to showcase a significant sampling of the holdings in the Allen Memorial Medical Library. …Read more.

Mystery Donor of the Pol Collection

Date posted: November 2nd, 2017

Who was the Mystery Donor of the Pol collection of medical incunabula? The Nicolaus Pol Collection of early medical books constitutes one of the true gems of the Rare Book Collection of the Cleveland Medical Library Association. …Read more.

Juno, the Transparent Woman, and #WomensHistoryMonth

Date posted: March 20th, 2017

Today we want to talk about Juno in celebration of #WomensHistoryMonth!
We have written before about our wonderful “greeter,” Juno, the transparent anatomical model. She has become a mainstay here, but Juno is a well-traveled woman! …Read more.

Under the Lid with #BrainAwarenessWeek

Date posted: March 15th, 2017

For #BrainAwarenessWeek, we go to Georg Bartisch, 16th century surgeon and inventor, and his  Ophthamoduleia (”eye-service”), published in 1583. But in looking so closely at disorders of the eye, Bartisch necessarily became incredibly interested in the brain. …Read more.

The Dittrick Museum and #ColorOurCollections!

Date posted: February 6th, 2017

Once again the New York Academy of Medicine has brought us the #ColorOurCollections! From February 6th though 10th, libraries, special collections, archives, and other cultural institutions are sharing coloring content based on collection items. …Read more.

A Change of Heart: Cardiology in Cleveland

Date posted: January 31st, 2017

America’s Number One Killer?
Heart attack, or cardiac arrest, became a leading cause of death after the turn of the century. People had always suffered from cardiac problems, but they usually died from other causes, especially infectious diseases, long before reaching the age when heart problems threatened their well being. …Read more.

Seeing Small: How the Microscope Changed Everything

Date posted: January 11th, 2017

When Dutch spectacle-makers first crafted the microscope around 1600, they revealed a hidden world of tiny organisms! Who could imagine such monsters lived out of sight? But the early microscope only offered low magnification and blurry images; it would take improvements by Robert Hook to turn a novelty enjoyed for its curious revelations into a serious scientific tool. …Read more.

How did Garfield Die? [Part 5]

Date posted: September 17th, 2016

Friday: (Harper’s Magazine, Volume 25, 673)
On September 26, 1881, President Garfield’s body arrived in Cleveland, Ohio, (not far from his home in Mentor). The engraving above shows Garfield’s catafalque, solemnly escorted by honor guards and mourning citizens. …Read more.

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