Special Saturday hours

The Rose Melnick Medical Museum is currently open by appointment only. However, the Museum will be open to the public on Saturday, April 28th from 10 am to 4pm for the Lake to River Science Fair. The Museum will also be open the following Saturday, May 4th from 10am to 4pm for History Day at […]

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Women in medicine

In honor of Women’s History Month, this post will highlight some of the roles women have played in the field of medicine throughout history. Evidence from surviving artwork and texts reveals that women in ancient Rome and Egypt were physicians. At this time, the practice of medicine in most parts of the world was closely […]

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19th century doctors in the U.S.

During the late 1800s, many advances in medical knowledge and technology resulted in dramatic changes to many areas of the profession. The two major advances were the acceptance of the germ theory of disease and the use of anesthesia during surgery. These two discoveries, in combination with continued research of the human body and the […]

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19th century amputation and surgical kits

The artifact collection at the Rose Melnick Medical Museum includes one amputation set and one surgical kit, both from the 19th century. Both kits contain tools for general surgical procedures of the time including tourniquets, knives and scalpels, capital saws, tenacula, and artery forceps. Both kits also include trephining tools for cutting the skull. Although […]

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