A Note from the Collection: Medical Marketing, Trade Cards from the Victorian Era

Published by Claire Olszewski. Having my personal background of art and art history, I was intrigued when I came across binders full of trade cards from the late 1800’s, a method of Victorian Era advertisement. Within the collection, there are dozens of pocket-sized paper cards decorated with ornate art, cartoons, and advertising text dated between … Continue reading A Note from the Collection: Medical Marketing, Trade Cards from the Victorian Era

A Note from the Collection: Hypodermic Needles, Syrettes and Ampoules from the World War II Era

Published by Claire Olszewski. With Memorial Day having just passed, I thought it would be a good opportunity to discuss objects I have found within the collection that have been dated between 1930 and 1960, during World War II. While we do not have evidence that the items in our collection were actually used in the … Continue reading A Note from the Collection: Hypodermic Needles, Syrettes and Ampoules from the World War II Era

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 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