Highlights of the Collection

Highlights of the Collection

In 2012, the Medical History Museum published the Highlights of the Collection catalogue as part of the celebration of the150th anniversary of the Melbourne Medical School at the University of Melbourne.

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Venom: Fear, Fascination and discovery

This book tells of the fascination with the power of venom and the quest for a universal antidote against this most feared of poisons.

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Epilepsy: perception, imagination and change

Epilepsy, called ‘the sacred disease’ by Hippocrates, has presented complex social and medical issues since first identified

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It’s a gas! dentistry and cartoons

The exhibition It’s a gas! Dentistry & cartoons uses illustrations, cartoons and items from the Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum and other university and private collections to tell the history of dentistry, and of the development of satire.

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The cancer puzzle: patterns, paradoxes and personalities

The story of cancer is complex and extremely personal. One in two Australian men and one in three Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.

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Dentistry: Innovation and Education

Our dental museum is considered the oldest and most comprehensive dental collection in Australia, it is rich with objects, artefacts, equipment, books and photographs.

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The Women’s: carers, advocates and reformers

The Women’s: Carers, advocates and reformers, consider past, current and future endeavours in women’s health.

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Strength of Mind: 125 years of women in medicine

The first seven female medical students were tenacious, resilient and visionary; they challenged the social values of their day and made major contributions to public health in Victoria

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Compassion and Courage: Australian doctors and dentists in the Great War

Doctors and dentists fought a courageous battle against the havoc caused by World WarI wounds, poor sanitation and disease.

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The art of healing: Australian Indigenous traditional healing practice

The health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is among our nation’s most dire social problems.

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A Body of Knowledge: The art of teaching: Clinical Schools

The Melbourne Medical School opened its doors to the first Australian medical students on 3rd March 1862.

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Weekend Hours vary during University holidays

Notice

Due to the emerging COVID-19 situation and policy statements from the State and Federal Government, University Museums will be closed until further notice. Thank you for your understanding as we endeavour to keep our community members safe during this uncertain time.