History of the Division of Medical Sciences in the Museum of History and Technology

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Summary

Written by the Curator of the Division of Medical Sciences, the paper summarizes the history of the Division of Materia Medica, 1881-1898; Division of Medicine, 1898-1939; Division of Medicine and Public Health, 1939-1957; and Division of Medical Science, 1957 to the present, and presents plans for the division in the new History and Technology Building (now American History Building). Describes the division's origin in the drug exhibit at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876, its acquisitions, exhibits and current status as the largest collection in the Western Hemisphere of historical objects relating to the healing arts. Includes photographs of exhibits, staff and artifacts.

Subject

  • United States National Museum Division of Materia Medica
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Medical Sciences
  • United States National Museum Division of Medicine and Public Health 1939-1957
  • United States National Museum Division of Medicine
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • History and Technology Building
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Dept. of the History of Science and Medicine
  • Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)

Category

Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Citation information

Bulletin of the United States National Museum Vol. 240

Notes

Paper No. 43.

Contained within

Contributions from the Museum of History and Technology: Papers 34-44 on Science and Technology (Book)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

1966

Topic

  • Medicine
  • Antiquities
  • American History Building
  • Exhibitions
  • History
  • National Collections
  • Medicine--History

Physical description

pp. 269-300

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