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150th Anniversary and Grand Reopening of the National Museum of Health and Medicine

27th Historia Medica Lecture
Thursday, January 31, 2012 at 4:30pm
King Center, 7th floor Bernard Becker Medical Library

A free lecture supported by the Becker Library and Center for History of Medicine
Reception to follow the lecture

National Museum of Health and Medicine
Exterior of the new museum, 2012.

The National Museum of Health and Medicine was established during the Civil War to serve as a center for the collection of specimens for research in military medicine and surgery.  Now in its 150th year, the museum includes 25 million artifacts that highlight the impact of war and battlefield medicine.  Among the museum’s most famous artifacts is the bullet that killed President Abraham Lincoln.  Other high-profile items include President Ulysses S. Grant’s tumor, a vertebrae removed from President James Garfield after his assassination, and the preserved skeleton of one of the first monkeys that NASA sent to space.  In addition to a sizeable photograph collection of war injuries, the museum includes a number of jarred medical oddities, and an assortment of saws, forceps, mallets, scalpels, and other medical devices used on soldiers during wartime.

While commemorating its sesquicentennial in 2012, the museum moved from the old Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus to a new modern building in Silver Spring, Maryland, just outside of Washington D.C.  Dr. Adrianne Noe, Director of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, will present the 27th Historia Medica on Thursday, January 31, 2012 at 4:30pm.  The lecture will detail the museum’s mission and goals, the relocation of the collections to the new facility, and future plans for the museum.

autopsy instruments
Autopsy instruments, circa 1906, on display at the museum.
shattered bones
Various bones shattered by "minie ball" bullets during the Civil War, on display at the museum.

Dr. Adrianne Noe
Dr. Adrianne Noe

Dr. Noe received a doctorate in history from the University of Delaware.  Her educational background includes concentrations in math, science, and history, as well as graduate work in the management of cultural institutions.  She has taught American history, the history of technology, the history of medicine, and military history.  In addition to her position as head of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Dr. Noe holds an adjunct professorship in computational biosciences at George Mason University.



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