Museum Blog

Forthcoming Exhibition: Conquering Heart Disease

The International Museum of Surgical Science pleased to announce the development of a new exhibit on cardiovascular surgery and health. This important exhibit will highlight the most current medical innovations in the field. Over the next several years, over 150,000 people will visit this exhibit to supplement their understanding of healthcare treatments related to the … Continue reading Forthcoming Exhibition: Conquering Heart Disease

A Note from the Collection: Theory of Circulation, Intravenous Therapy and Blood Transfusions

Published by Shreya Wadhwa. Have you ever wondered how your blood is produced or the path it takes through your body? When you eat, your liver ingests food and creates blood. This blood flows from your liver to the right side of the heart. From here, some blood flows into your lungs, where it gives … Continue reading A Note from the Collection: Theory of Circulation, Intravenous Therapy and Blood Transfusions

Jon Chambers announced as Winter-Spring 2019 Artist-in-Residence

Jon Chambers is welcomed into the position of IMSS Artist-in-Residence for Winter-Spring 2019 December 2018 – April 2019 Jon Chambers is an artist and educator based in Chicago where he teaches media literacy, media art histories, net art, new media art (software + hardware) and video. He has shown work nationally and internationally, in screening … Continue reading Jon Chambers announced as Winter-Spring 2019 Artist-in-Residence

A Note from the Collections: The Lithotomy: A Sordid History

Published by Sally Monroe. The history of bladder stone removal is both long and stomach-churning. Also known as calculi, the Latin word for “small pebbles,” these stones have plagued countless victims since the dawn of humankind. The earliest known bladder stone was found in the pelvis of a mummy at El-Amrah in Egypt; it is … Continue reading A Note from the Collections: The Lithotomy: A Sordid History

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: The Chamberlen Family Secret

Published by Sally Monroe. In the International Museum of Surgical Science’s permanent collection, we have a great deal of forceps of all kinds—obstetrical, arterial, tubing, and so on. Despite their varied purposes, all are fairly similar in form, owing to the fact that forceps are essentially medical tweezers. As I went about cataloguing several drawers … Continue reading A Note from the Collection: The Chamberlen Family Secret