On the morning of June 7, 1866, Henry Leffmann, a first-year medical student at Jefferson Medical College, arrived at Philadelphia’s Myomensing Prison to set up a large quantity of galvanic batteries. Leffmann’s mentor, Dr. Benjamin Howard Rand, requested these “voltaic cells” to conduct “a most unusual experiment” upon the corpse of executed mass murderer, Anton… Read more →
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Pathology in Perspective: Wartime Specimen Collecting and the Case of Private Hurdis’ Skull
Rarely does a debate about the bones of soldiers collected during World War I enter into public consciousness. But in recent weeks, the skull of an Australian soldier held by Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians made headlines after the museum removed it from display. The Mütter Museum agreed to return the skull… Read more →
Sunday Morning Medicine
By Jacqueline Antonovich
-How midwives became critical in war zones.
-California’s dark eugenic past.
-Black New York and the Draft Riots.
-The many faces of “King George.”
-Medicine, museums, and unicorns.