A Note from the Archive: Stories of and from “the Help”

Published by Tannaz Motevalli. As one of the International Museum of Surgical Science’s Collection Interns, I have been working specifically in archiving documents pertaining to the house history and early College history. I’ve been able to get fascinating glimpses of what this historic mansion once held, from the time it was the home of the … Continue reading A Note from the Archive: Stories of and from “the Help”

Emma Rozanski announced as Summer – Fall 2018 Artist in Residence

Summer – Fall 2018 Artist in Residence Announced Emma Rozanski June – October 2018 The International Museum of Surgical Science is proud to present our Summer-Fall 2018 Artist-in-Residence: Chicago-based filmmaker Emma Rozanski Emma is a moving image artist and filmmaker who recently completed her Master Degree in filmmaking under the mentorship of internationally acclaimed filmmaker … Continue reading Emma Rozanski announced as Summer – Fall 2018 Artist in Residence

A Note from the Collection: Pick Your Poison

Published by Claire Olszewski. Poisons, while not common in everyday life today, were abundant in the medical sciences of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. We all know the symbol for poison, the skull and crossbones, that marks lethal substances. Within the International Museum of Surgical Science’s collection are examples of various concoctions that were … Continue reading A Note from the Collection: Pick Your Poison

A Note from the Library: Dr. Louis Shapiro, International Man of Medicine

Published by Sally Monroe. When we catalogue texts at the Thorek Manuscripts and Rare Books Collection, one of the pieces of information we are sure to record is a book’s provenance. Often, this means looking for the name of a donor. Recently, it came to my attention that one of the most prolific donors to … Continue reading A Note from the Library: Dr. Louis Shapiro, International Man of Medicine

A Note from the Collection: The Surgical History of Diabetes

Published by Claire Olszewski. Over the last two and a half months, the Museum has proudly hosted Justus Harris as Artist-in-Residence. At age 14, Harris was diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes, a condition in which blood sugar is elevated due to the lack of insulin production in the pancreas. Harris’s work highlights the importance of being able … Continue reading A Note from the Collection: The Surgical History of Diabetes

A Note from the Library: Dr. Paulus Pfann’s Mysterious Book of Medical Recipes

Published by Sally Monroe. One of the most exciting things about the Thorek Manuscripts and Rare Books Collection is that it contains no shortage of strange and enigmatic books. One of these unusual texts is, according to the inscription on its spine, Pfann’s Receptbuch.[1] Written in both Latin and German in a beautiful, ornate script and dated … Continue reading A Note from the Library: Dr. Paulus Pfann’s Mysterious Book of Medical Recipes