This exhibition is no longer on view.
The “Beyond Broken Bones” exhibit highlights the past, present, and potential of medical innovations for diagnosing and treating injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Contemporary instruments and products, historical artifacts, and large-scale text and image panels on display showcase a continuum of advancements.
This comprehensive exhibit begins with the birth of Orthopedics with Nicolas Andry in the 17th century and includes discoveries and milestones in orthopedic surgery, as well as the evolution of amputation methods and prosthesis design from ancient times to the present. Featured in the exhibit are historical artifacts from the Museum’s extensive collection, including ancient bone-cutting tools, Civil War amputation kits, and 19th-century splints and artificial limbs. These objects are accompanied by archival manuscripts and artworks in several media that highlight orthopedic and prosthetic pioneers and their great discoveries and inventions. Recent advances in the fields, such as arthroscopy and minimally invasive orthopedic surgery, in addition to myoelectric and microprocessor-controlled artificial limbs, are also discussed.