Medical report on Lincoln Assassination found

A researcher for the Papers of Lincoln project has found a medical report from 1865 written by the first doctor to reach President Lincoln. The Times Union reports that it was found in the Surgeon General’s correspondence files at the National Archives. Dr. Charles Leale had only been a doctor for 6 weeks when he […]

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More on the replica Iron Lung…

“I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if people could get into (the iron lung),’ but I couldn’t let them into the real one that we have,” said Cassie Nespor, museum curator. Enter Andy Phillips, YSU carpenter and primary force behind the effort to build a replica “iron lung” that visitors could get in and experience […]

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Light the Wick

The Rose Melnick Medical Museum has been featured on “Light The Wick,” a weekly video newsletter about people and events on Wick Avenue, Youngstown State University’s (YSU) arts corridor. The show typically includes profiles of students, staff, faculty, visiting artists, and administrators in the YSU arts scene as well as coverage of noteworthy events. The […]

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Sometimes gross but fascinating…

One of the blogs on the Melnick Medical Museum’s “blogroll” is Morbid Anatomy. The blog is written by Joanna Ebenstein. For more than two years she has used it to explore the intersection of anatomy and art.  As a photographer and graphic designer, Ebenstein has an eye for visually interesting images. She is interested in […]

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Polio survivors face new challenges

On Monday, National Public Radio aired a story about Dr. Lauro Halstead, a doctor who published his research about what would come to be known as post-polio syndrome (PPS) 25 years ago this month. Halstead’s research described PPS as a condition that affects polio survivors decades after they were first struck by the disease and […]

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AMA anniversary

Today, May 7th, is the 162nd anniversary of the founding of the American Medical Association (AMA). The mission of the organization was to advance the science of medicine, to improve the standards for medical education, to develop a program of medical ethics, and to improve the health of the public. The AMA was organized in […]

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Interesting Smithsonian exhibits on medicine

Common Threads exhibit by Jean Shin at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art: This exhibit is made out of a collection of similar everyday objects. For example, “Chemical Balance III” makes lighted stalactite- and stalagmite-like sculptures out of empty prescriptions containers. According to the artist, this part of the exhibit speaks to a dependency on […]

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Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880–1930

Throughout medical history, the practice of dissection has been controversial. During some periods of history it was distasteful or even illegal. At other times it served as the cornerstone of anatomy classes. Public opinion and differences in religious beliefs often meant that some cultures accepted the practice while others did not. The Dittrick Medical History […]

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Medical library being cataloged!

The Rose Melnick Medical Museum is excited to annouce the beginning of a library cataloging project. We are in the process of creating catalog records for the hundeds of books and periodicals in our medical library collection. These records will be available in Youngstown State University’s Maagnet catalog and on the OhioLink catalog. These catalog […]

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Physical vs. technological diagnosis

In modern medicine, physicians are greatly aided in diagnosis by new machines and technology. Undoubtedly these devices provide more accurate and detailed information than the old, low-tech methods, which usually leads to better treatment for the patient. However, some vestiges of the old methods are still in use and still provide valuable information for a […]

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