Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cabinets of Curiosities

The Mütter Museum is not for the squeamish. Part of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, this fascinating collection of medical oddities includes a 70 pound ovarian cyst, a nine foot long colon distended from 40 pounds of feces, a dried arm showing all its veins and arteries, many jars of various tumors, and drawers full of pins and hardware that people have swallowed. From the wall of skulls, the one I found most memorable was labeled "Rope walker. Broken neck." While there were many displays of conjoined twins, the most disturbing to me was a skeleton of a baby with one head and two bodies.