Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mobile Medical Museum Opening New Exhibit

The Mobile Medical Museum will open the Josiah Clark Nott Pathological Specimens, an exhibit of historical artifacts from the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham on March 24, 2017. Dr. Charles Rodning, professor of surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and Mobile Medical Museum board of trustees president, is hosting the exhibit.

The Josiah Clark Nott Pathological Specimens will be on display through Sept. 29, 2017, in the Mobile Medical Museum’s newly named Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery. The exhibit will provide visitors of all ages with a rare encounter of extraordinary anatomical art and a deep insight into one of the most important eras in our region’s medical history.

The Josiah Clark Nott Pathological Specimens includes 12 wax anatomical models that were purchased by Dr. Nott in 1859 for the Medical College of Alabama in Mobile. These lifelike models - still sealed in their original glass containers - represent common diseases of the 18th and 19th century such as smallpox, gout, impetigo and vaccinia. They were created by the English artist Joseph Towne, whose anatomical works in wax and marble are now collected and exhibited throughout the world.

The Mobile Medical Museum will offer educational and public programming during the exhibit to help visitors engage on many levels with its content. Programming will include tours, hands-on activities and public talks by distinguished guest speakers. The exhibit will be particularly useful in teaching visitors about nine medical conditions, many of which are still common threats throughout the world.

The exhibit and related programming are generously supported by Dr. Charles Bernard and Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Rodning, Dr. Samuel J. Strada, dean emeritus of the USA College of Medicine; and Dr. Elizabeth Manci, professor of pathology at the USA College of Medicine.

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