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We are all too familiar with the usual type of medical museum, composed in the main of collections of pathologic and anatomic material, a few wax models and various objects of medical interest of a bygone age. They have not kept pace with clinical and therapeutic advances. In many the labels are inaccurate or incomplete, the catalogs are out of date, and the specimens are in a bad state of preservation, little attention having been paid to systematic arrangement or easy reference.
"A system which links up the various branches of medical work as one demonstration, providing a display which may be fittingly termed 'synoptical' . . ." was the original conception of the founders of this new type of museum, herein described, in order to fulfil certain desirable objectives: (1) collection and preservation of material, (2) reference, (3) research, (4) education (specific teaching) and (5) education (general teaching for
THE MEDICAL MUSEUM, MODERN DEVELOPMENTS, ORGANIZATION AND TECHNICAL METHODS, BASED ON A NEW SYSTEM OF VISUAL TEACHING.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1930;45(6):1010. doi:10.1001/archinte.1930.00140120185013