JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
In all large cities we find various kinds of museums and collections
for the instruction and amusement of the people, but there is one form of
museum or permanent exhibition still almost without representation on the
long list of these useful institutions, namely, popular museums of hygiene
and knowledge of disease. The usefulness of museums of this kind in promotion
of knowledge in regard to subjects of such importance as health and disease
is so self-evident that no special argumentation is required. Medical men
especially appreciate the unsurpassed value of the eye for the conveyance
in teaching of strong, living and hence lasting impression. This is the era
of publicity in medicine; secrecy is only the stamp of charlatanism; successful
prevention of many diseases, e. g., tuberculosis, must ever depend in large
measure on the knowledge among the masses in regard to such diseases.
POPULAR MUSEUMS OF HYGIENE AND DISEASE.. JAMA. 2004;292(8):987. doi:10.1001/jama.292.8.987-a