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The Exhibition – History of Medicine and Healing

The history of medicine and healing in Czech lands, Moravia and Silesia
28. 11. 2009 – 7. 2. 2010
Novoměstská radnice, Prague
number of visitors: 12000

This unique project introduced the oldest and also less known part of the history of medicine and healing in Czech Lands, Moravia and Silesia.

The Exhibition introduced more than 200 interesting and to wide public un-known displays from the field of medicine and healing from collections of Czech museums as well as displays provided by private collectors.

Displays from twenty four institutions illustrated the knowledge on development of diagnostic methods and healing techniques as well as processes of crossing, influencing and penetration of the theory and praxes of doctors and healers from the medieval times until beginning of the 20th Century.

The first part of this exhibition included historical healing tools, especially surgical – for instance for amputations, trepanations, devices for venous bleeding, pedal dentist´s drill, tools for teeth extraction – forging as well as medical, glass thermometers and syringes, etc.; tools for veterinarians were also displayed. Other displays included subjects determined for plebeian healing – for instance thunderous stones, bezoars, forms for sacrifices, swallowing pictures, scapulars, protective amulets, charms, sacraments, pictures of patrons for diseases, etc.

The important part of Exhibition displayed herbaria and medicine books – for instance manually written Herbarium for the cattle from 1862, the Book of Veterinary, The Town of Bobrovice Hangman´s Book, Prophecy and advices against diseases, House Doctor or The Book on health prevention, especially for rural people from 1833, House Guide, The List of Subjects for health care and household of the firm Hajšl from 1879, Notes of the Midwife from 1850-62. The most famous displays include herbaria of P.O. Mathioli and J Cerny.

Also another documents and archives were displayed – for instance grocer´s prints, black death decrees from 1713, regional directive on protection against pox from 1860, vaccination certificate from 1821, chief Ferrier’s book and notes on curing horses with comments etc.