7 Wonders of the World: Medical Oddities Edition

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The childhood home of a medical pioneer, objects removed from peoples' throats, the skull of Phineas Gage, and more musees-danatomie-delmas-orfila-rouviereEDIT.jpg
[Editor's note: Tomorrow (April 9), our friends at Atlas Obscura are throwing the second annual Obscura Day, "a day of expeditions, back-room tours and hidden treasures in your own hometown." Events devoted to the world's curiosities are taking place in 103 cities on all seven continents. More information here.]

Hospitals aren't generally tourist destinations. So where does one go to learn of medicine's past? This week, The Atlantic and Atlas Obscura take you to places where you can learn about the profession's odd history. Featured in this edition of "7 Wonders of the World":

  • A museum in the childhood house of a medical pioneer
  • The largest medical and anatomical collection in France
  • A museum of weird wax anatomical models and specimens
  • America's most famous museum of medical oddities
  • A collection of wax anatomy by the great sculptor Clemente Susini
  • Museum dedicated to surgical science, and its assorted arts
  • Boston medical museum featuring the skull of famous medical case Phineas Gage


Main image: Atlas Obscura
 

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Rebecca Greenfield is a writer based in Brooklyn. She was formerly on staff at The Atlantic Wire.

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