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September 26, 1959

Medical Museum Technology

JAMA. 1959;171(4):493. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010220117032

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The term "medical museum technology" is defined by the authors to comprise the preservation of all forms of tissue for teaching purposes or research. The first part of the book is historical, dealing with early methods of preparation and preservation of tissues. The collections of Alexander Monro, John Hunter, Thomas Pole, and F. J. Knox are described. Many of the early medical museums dealt with natural history, medicine sometimes being incidental. With the discovery of formalin preservation, new impetus was given to the preservation of tissue. The last part of the book is devoted to detailed methods used by the authors for the preservation of specimens, including liquid mounting, color injection, the use of plastics, maceration and articulation of bones, the preparation of casts, and the making of transparencies. A final chapter deals with the organization of a modern medical museum for teaching purposes. This book should be of interest

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