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March 24, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(12):1090-1091. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960470086022

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To the Editor:—  A traveler to Europe will be richly rewarded if he visits the various medical museums attached to the hospitals and medical schools, which house unforgettable treasures representing stages in the growth of medicine. One of the finest is the Museum of the History of Medicine of the University of Rome, Italy; its contents have been collected almost singlehandedly by Prof. Adalbert Pazzini. Significant are an Etruscan skull showing a gold bridge of the lower incisors; a model of a Renaissance theatre of anatomy; prosthetic appliances used in the medieval period; votive material illustrating penis, intestine, and breast; and a Roman traction apparatus for correction of fractures. The costumes of doctors throughout the ages are unique. The surgical instruments used in Pompei about the time of Christ, resembling, to a surprising degree, those used in a modern hospital, lie in the Natural Museum of Naples. In Paris, France,

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