Warren Anatomical Museum

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Display of the skull of Phineas Gage at the Warren Museum.

The Warren Anatomical Museum, housed within Harvard Medical School's Countway Library of Medicine, was founded in 1847 by Harvard professor Dr. John Collins Warren,[1] whose personal collection of comprised 160[2] unusual and instructive anatomical and pathological specimens which now represent the nucleus of its 15,000-piece collection.[3] The Warren also has objects significant to medical history, such as the inhaler used during the first public demonstration of ether-assisted surgery in 1846 (on loan to the Massachusetts General Hospital since 1948[4]). The museum's first curator, J.B.S. Jackson, was appointed in 1847.[5]

A rotating subset of the collection is open to the public. Among the Warren's items are the skull and tamping iron of Phineas Gage.

See also[edit]

William Fiske Whitney

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wolly, Brian (January 1, 2010). "Highlights From the Warren Anatomical Museum". Smithsonian. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Jackson, J.B.S. (1870). A descriptive catalogue of the Warren Anatomical Museum. Boston: Williams. p. iv. 
  3. ^ "Warren Anatomical Museum". Harvard Medical School. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Ether Dome at Mass General". Massachusetts General Hospital. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Whitney, William F. (1911). The Warren Anatomical Museum of the Harvard Medical School and the arrangement of its collection. Boston: Harvard Medical School. p. 2. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 

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