Robert Bud, Bernard S. Finn, Helmuth Trischler
Science Museum, 2004 - History - 180 pages
The 'Artefacts' series is sponsored by the Science Museum in London, UK, the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, USA, with help from professional historians in other museums and elsewhere. Historians, museum curators and other commentators agree that artefacts of medicine are no longer to be seen in terms of their functional properties - there is a multitude of connections that can be made with cultural, economic and political issues. Dissecting out a broader meaning is, however, a considerable challenge. In this volume, five authors write about sets of museum artefacts: early blood transfusion apparatus, a plastic human replica, the Geiger counter, open-heart surgery equipment and packaging for the Pill. Case by case, the use of the objects focuses attention not only on their medical purpose, but also on the meanings they held for all who confronted them.
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