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Dittrick Medical History Center

Dittrick Medical History Center

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armsThe Dittrick Medical History Center explores the history of medicine through museum artifacts, archives, rare books collections, and images. The Dittrick is an interdisciplinary study center in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, but we are open to the general public and charge no admission. You can read more about our history on the history page.

The Dittrick is home to curious and comprehensive collections: surgical instruments and medical equipment, microscopes, nursing uniforms, historical contraceptive devices, turn of the century x-ray equipment, midwifery manikins and much more. The Blaufox Hall of diagnostic instruments is also one of the most comprehensive of its kind in exploring medical instruments that show the evolving doctor-patient relationship. You can read about all of these items and more on this site, and view a number of online exhibits and photography collections from the menus above.

Welcome to the Dittrick! We hope to see you soon!