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 John Collins Warren,[1] whose personal collection comprised 160[2] unusual and instructive anatomical and pathological specimens which now form 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]), and the skull and tamping iron of Phineas Gage. The first curator was J.B.S. Jackson.[5]

A rotating subset of items is open to the public.

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  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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