Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Bugs!

We just got an offer of a donation from a practitioner down in Salem: a "lab kit" which belonged to her mother, who worked at Cook County Hospital in the 1920s. At first, I assumed this was a drug kit similar to many others we have in the Medical Museum Collection, which contain various chemicals and pharmaceutical preparations for lab tests. As it turns out, however, it's a set of pathological slides of things like polio and TB. Perhaps it's too much to hope for, but I've got my fingers crossed for some circa 1918-1919 influenza. The kit is being mailed to us, so we'll have to endure the suspense for a little longer.

We have a few sets of pathological specimens currently in the Medical Museum, including some ticks with Rocky Mountain spotted fever and three sets of slides (here, here, and here). Maybe we can get our next unsuspecting intern to pull these three out and make a comprehensive list of what we already have on hand....

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