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JAMA 100 Years Ago
August 25, 2004


Author Affiliations

JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(8):987. doi:10.1001/jama.292.8.987-a

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.