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Historic medical artefacts collection online

Friday 18 November 2016 10:13am

Alumni and Friends reports that in May this year the Otago Medical School Alumnus Association launched an online catalogue of 256 items from its collection of several thousand medical instruments, records, artefacts and memorabilia. By October 2016 more than 1,180 artefacts were online.

View the collection here (ehive.com website)

Former association secretary treasurer Dr Bill Gillespie says a special item of interest was a carbolic acid steam sprayer used by British surgeon and antiseptic surgery pioneer Lord Lister.

Alongside such historically significant rarities, the collection also includes many items which show how medical concepts have been communicated over the years. One item, Good-bye Tonsils, a 1976 book from the children’s Little Golden Book series, was described by publishers as a “jolly little book on how to have fun with or without tonsils”.

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Medical treasures go online thanks to alumni group, and support (Alumni and Friends website)

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