Friday, June 13, 2014

THE MÜTTER MUSEUM: THE THIN LINE BETWEEN PASSION AND PATHOLOGY




Here's the beginning of this week's arts and culture piece, a reflection on the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia.

 "America's finest museum of medical history, the Mütter displays its beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a 19th century 'cabinet museum' setting."

"I’m spellbound by the Incarnation: by our fragile, mortal bodies; by the thought of what happens to us after we die. So in Philadelphia recently, the first place I hit was the Mütter Museum.

'In 1856,' reads the brochure, 'Thomas Dent Mütter (1811-1859), a professor of surgery retiring from Jefferson Medical College, offered his personal collection of more than 1,300 unique anatomic and pathological materials to The College of Physicians of Philadelphia…The museum opened in 1863…Today the Mütter Museum’s collection includes more than 25,000 fascinating objects' ”...


Read the whole piece here

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