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Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries

Medicine and art combine through Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries. This resource allows readers to virtually explore an exhibit from the Science Museum in London, which features more than 3,000 items (as of this write-up) from around the world that highlight some of the most substantial medical advancements and instruments. The exhibit seeks to help viewers "better understand the human body," through pieces and narratives demonstrative of the history of medical innovations. Readers may want to begin by watching the "Highlights" video, a brief clip that orients individuals to the purpose and scope of the exhibit. To discover all the artifacts featured in the collection readers can browse the gallery, filtering by category (e.g. public health and hygiene), object type (e.g. bottles), date, and more. Here they will be transported to 1830s France to explore dental impression trays, to 1970s India to view artificial limbs, to modern-day England to examine post-mortem sponges, among other periods and locations. Selecting an object record brings up a description of the object, images (if available), its materials, and more. Some object records also link to related objects (at the bottom of the page), or related people and locations (on the right-hand side). Those interested in learning beyond the bounds of the collection should check out Related Resources, accessible via the Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries page under the See and Do tab on the Science Museum's main site. The Related Resources section directs to series on similar topics, such as Mental Health and War and Medicine.
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2020-02-14
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