Russell Museum at MGH

Russell Museum at MGH The Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation tells the rich story of Massachusetts General Hospital.

Massachusetts General Hospital was established in 1811 to serve Boston's general public. At that time, the sickest and most vulnerable patients were cared for in almshouses, while the wealthy could afford private care at home. Creating a general hospital was an innovative idea. Since its inception more than 200 years ago, Mass General has remained at the forefront of medicine by fostering a culture of innovation. We continue to conduct groundbreaking research, educate health care professionals from around the world and, most importantly, improve the quality of clinical care provided to all members of our community. The Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation tells the rich story of Mass General through interactive media displays, artifacts and photographs. You can learn about the hospital's important contributions to the medical field and see how these discoveries and advancements have shaped the present – and how the hospital can continue to shape the future of medicine. The Russell Museum is dedicated to drawing connections between innovations spanning a period of more than 200 years – from the hospital’s charter in 1811 to present day. We encourage you to visit us for an experience that will inform, inspire and engage. Honoring Paul S. Russell, MD The museum is named in honor of Paul S. Russell, MD, a pioneer in the field of transplant surgery and chair of the Mass General History Committee. Dr. Russell was the chief of surgery from 1962 to 1968 and directed the Mass General Transplantation Unit from 1968 to 1990. In addition to founding the Boston Interhospital Organ Bank (now the New England Organ Bank), he has served as a professor at Harvard Medical School since 1962. "There is so much to tell and a great sweep of interest – not only on the clinical side, but also on the research and community side – specifically around how the hospital has continued its tradition of caring for its neighbors, which today can mean in our community or around the world," Dr. Russell said.

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05/31/2019

Russell Museum at MGH's cover photo

05/24/2019

The museum is open this Saturday 11-5 and reopens at 9 on Tuesday.

Massachusetts General Hospital
05/09/2019
Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital

As we celebrate #NationalNursesWeek, we also celebrate a pioneer nurse: Linda Richards. Linda is America’s first professionally trained nurse and superintendent of the Boston Training School at Mass General from 1874 to 1877. Her legacy lives on as a heroic leader, innovator and champion of nursing. #TBT

Massachusetts General Hospital
05/03/2019

Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital Imaging dug deep into the photo archives of this scanner that was used in the 1970’s for nuclear medical imaging. #TBT

The pleasure was ours. Would you like to try your hand at this? Tomorrow (Friday the 3rd) we are hosting a public simula...
05/02/2019

The pleasure was ours. Would you like to try your hand at this? Tomorrow (Friday the 3rd) we are hosting a public simulation session at noon, no registration required.

During the Cambridge Science Festival, Enroot students visited the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital. Students were able to practice alongside a doctor diagnosing a patient with a lung infection, taking vitals, and inserting a tube through the mouth. We are so grateful to the Russell Museum at MGH for giving our students such an incredible opportunity!

04/29/2019
Massachusetts General Hospital

Missed the Poetry at Work event? Watch here:

Thank you to all who joined our Poetry At Work event at the Paul Russell Museum!

Daffodils for #OneDayBoston! Thank you, Torit Montessori School!
04/12/2019

Daffodils for #OneDayBoston! Thank you, Torit Montessori School!

Russell Museum at MGH
04/03/2019

Russell Museum at MGH

It must be spring: On the 6th the Russell Museum reopens on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., through October. Always free.
04/03/2019

It must be spring: On the 6th the Russell Museum reopens on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., through October. Always free.

TODAY ONLY: Visit the MGH General Store in the Yawkey building for 20% off everything, including museum merchandise (tot...
04/02/2019

TODAY ONLY: Visit the MGH General Store in the Yawkey building for 20% off everything, including museum merchandise (totes, ceramic mugs, and these copper travel mugs).

Massachusetts General Hospital
03/22/2019
Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital

In 1932, Dr. Marian Wilkins Ropes Fielding was the first woman admitted into a medical residency program at Mass General. With over 30 years as a professor at Harvard Medical School, she built an impressive reputation for her teaching and work in patient care. #WomensHistoryMonth #TBT

At the Russell Museum we discuss amputations often (we have an 1800s amputation kit on display). Yet even today amputati...
03/14/2019

At the Russell Museum we discuss amputations often (we have an 1800s amputation kit on display). Yet even today amputations remain all too common, as this story from Proto magazine relates:

An amputation can mean a lifetime of chronic pain, hospitalizations, additional injuries from prostheses and worse survival rates than some cancers. But more can be done to keep limbs in place.
http://protomag.com/articles/leave-no-limb-behind

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03/13/2019

Russell Museum at MGH's cover photo

A nice interview with a previous Russell Museum lecturer (and crowd favorite, we must add) Dr. Tommy Heyne:
03/12/2019

A nice interview with a previous Russell Museum lecturer (and crowd favorite, we must add) Dr. Tommy Heyne:

We are fortunate to have a robust AHI community who engage in the arts, humanities and health in varied and creative ways. We want to highlight our community members and share some of their perspective with you.

Meet Tommy Heyne, M.D., M.St.

Day job – Hospitalist and urgent care doc, MGH

Preferred art form to create (or consume) – History (including medical history, art history, and religious history), painting, and theology

Do you integrate this in your work? Keep it separate? – I’ve given numerous talks and workshops to the Harvard and Boston community, on the intersections of medicine, history, and theology. E.g., I’ve led groups to the Museum of Fine Arts with a group to ‘diagnose’ signs of disease in many of the paintings and sculptures in the galleries. I’ve also organized ‘Give Yourself a Break’ events for HMS, including paint night. In addition, I have strong relationships with our hospital chaplains, and I have found that spiritual care of patients can be integral to their recovery.

How has it helped you? The humanities have kept me balanced, to help see and treat the patient as more than a conglomeration of cells or lab data. Examining artwork closely has helped me be a more perceptive physician.

http://medhum.tumblr.com/post/114463738851/medical-humanities-spotlight-dr-thomas-heyne

The West End Museum
03/12/2019

The West End Museum

In the late 19th century, MGH used horse-drawn carriages to transport emergency patients, and the doctors to care for them, to the hospital. Before that, patients arrived by boat on the Charles River. And we think ambulances can be slow in today's road traffic. Can you imagine?
Photo Courtesy: Massachusetts General Hospital

#WestEndBoston #MGH

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02/27/2019

Russell Museum at MGH's cover photo

02/15/2019

Please note that the museum will be closed on Monday for President's Day. We'll reopen on Tuesday at 9:00.

We heart anatomy puns.
02/14/2019

We heart anatomy puns.

Happy #ValentinesDay from all of us at the AAMC. You are the HEART of our mission.

Happy Valentine's Day! This one courtesy of a Washington University colleague:
02/14/2019

Happy Valentine's Day! This one courtesy of a Washington University colleague:

From Elizabeth Brander who has a heart for rare books:

Nothing captures the spirit of Valentine’s Day like hearts! This beautiful example comes from Giovanni Lancisi’s De motu cordis et aneurysmatibus, published in 1728 (Becker Library call number x610.9 L249 1728). Lancisiwas a pioneer in the pathology of heart disease, and he was particularly interested in cardiac aneurysms. In this work, which was published posthumously, hedescribedhow factors such as syphilis, asthma, and palpitation could all contribute to the presence of aneurysms.

02/12/2019

A reminder that tonight's lecture ("A Life-Cycle Approach to Working With Couples") has been POSTPONED to next Tuesday the 19th.

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02/12/2019

Russell Museum at MGH's cover photo

From our colleagues at Proto magazine, a look at a fascinating intersection of data visualization and public health.
02/08/2019

From our colleagues at Proto magazine, a look at a fascinating intersection of data visualization and public health.

Using social media for public health outreach is both powerful and unpredictable. A team from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland set out to map a health topic on Twitter, with surprising—and beautiful—results. http://protomag.com/articles/anatomy-hashtag

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02/07/2019

Russell Museum at MGH's cover photo

#ColorOurCollections is an annual celebration of coloring and a chance to get a peek at the collections of libraries, ar...
02/07/2019
Massachusetts General Hospital Archives & Special Collections Coloring Book 2019

#ColorOurCollections is an annual celebration of coloring and a chance to get a peek at the collections of libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions worldwide. The MGH Archives & Special Collections coloring book features images from books and archival materials that date from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries. Download our coloring book here, then share your work and tag us!
http://library.nyam.org/colorourcollections/massachusetts-general-hospital-archives-special-collections-coloring-book-2019/

Massachusetts General Hospital Archives & Special Collections Coloring Book 2019 About the Massachusetts General Hospital Archives & Special Collections: The MGH Archives houses official re…

A fascinating look at anger and "emotional granularity," featuring past Russell Museum lecturer and psychologist Lisa Fe...
01/30/2019
Got Anger? Try Naming It To Tame It

A fascinating look at anger and "emotional granularity," featuring past Russell Museum lecturer and psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett:
https://www.wbur.org/npr/688180879/got-anger-try-naming-it-to-tame-it?fbclid=IwAR38egRpPT8acMlnkSdKRHNn5znj4_VQlUvVR9Hl5nQ2ekx0LWkY4ErXLcI

While many people believe that how we feel and express anger is hard-wired, some scientists suggest our experience and culture help shape it. One way to get a handle on it may be to personalize it.

We were glad to have you:
01/25/2019

We were glad to have you:

January's Member Tour took us to Mass General Hospital! We explored the campus’s blend of historic and modern buildings, which have housed medical innovations since the hospital’s founding in 1811. The oldest building on campus is home to the where the first successful public surgery using ether as an anesthetic was performed in 1846. Then we stopped by the Russell Museum at MGH!

01/18/2019

The museum will be closed Monday for the holiday. We will reopen at 9:00 on Tuesday.

Looking for a nice tote? This one retains water beautifully when, um, you throw in a water bottle with a cap that's only...
01/18/2019
Tote Bag: Paul S. Russell MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation

Looking for a nice tote? This one retains water beautifully when, um, you throw in a water bottle with a cap that's only half on.
https://mghgeneralstore.myshopify.com/collections/mgh-logo-merchandise/products/tote-bag-paul-s-russell-md-museum-of-medical-history-and-innovation

This tote bag is available in Blue or Black and has the logo of the Paul S. Russell MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation. The museum is named in honor of Paul S. Russell, MD, a pioneer in the field of transplant surgery and chair of the Mass General History Committee. Dr. Russell was the chie...

A look at a fascinating milestone, and a modern-day perspective from physician (and past museum lecturer) Sarah Wakeman:
01/16/2019

A look at a fascinating milestone, and a modern-day perspective from physician (and past museum lecturer) Sarah Wakeman:

Physicians found themselves sharply divided by Prohibition. Many started as supporters, some became rebels and even suppliers of alcohol, and most ended as skeptics. As the “noble experiment” hits 100, researchers take stock of the nation’s largest—and most disastrous—public health initiative. http://protomag.com/articles/prohibition-100

01/16/2019

The museum phone has been repaired. Thanks for your patience.

01/15/2019

The museum phone is still being repaired. Please leave a message and we'll get back to you soon as we can.

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01/14/2019

Russell Museum at MGH's cover photo

01/14/2019

Because of phone trouble, the museum's line is going to voice mail. Please leave us a message and we'll get back to you soon as we can.

If a museum artifact is showing signs of its age, museum staff usually leave it alone as long as it’s not in danger of...
01/11/2019

If a museum artifact is showing signs of its age, museum staff usually leave it alone as long as it’s not in danger of deteriorating. This plaque, however, which had developed a green-brown patina during its 98 years, we chose to return to its original look. Now on display in the hospital’s main lobby as part of our exhibit series commemorating MGH’s work during WWI, the plaque honors the seven graduates of the MGH School of Nursing who died while serving at WWI military hospitals. (Pictured: before cleaning, and halfway through.)

New on the Proto podcast: How artificial intelligence work at MGH and elsewhere is being used to focus on suicide.
01/10/2019
Proto Magazine: Dispatches From the Frontiers of Medicine

New on the Proto podcast: How artificial intelligence work at MGH and elsewhere is being used to focus on suicide.

How do you find people on the brink of self-harm? As national rates of suicide continue to rise, the question has become more pressing. Some psychiatrists are joining up with a curious ally—artificial intelligence—and finding that machines are often better at spotting suicidal behavior than their human counterparts. Now on the Proto podcast: http://protomag.com/articles/podcast-can-ai-save-us-despair

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01/09/2019

Russell Museum at MGH's cover photo

Russell Museum at MGH's cover photo
12/31/2018

Russell Museum at MGH's cover photo

As part of our commemoration of the centennial of World War I, the museum has digitized eight volumes relating to MGH’...
12/31/2018

As part of our commemoration of the centennial of World War I, the museum has digitized eight volumes relating to MGH’s service during the war, mostly at MGH’s Base Hospital No. 6 in France.

The collection includes six scrapbooks compiled by MGH nurses who served, a nurses’ duty log, and the official history of the base hospital. It is hosted on Digital Commonwealth, a nonprofit online repository of digitized historical materials from across the state.

https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/search?f%5Binstitution_name_ssim%5D%5B%5D=Paul+S.+Russell%2C+MD+Museum+of+Medical+History+and+Innovation+at+Massachusetts+General+Hospital

12/31/2018

Yes! We are open today until 5:00.

Massachusetts General Hospital
12/28/2018

Massachusetts General Hospital

#TBT Did you know that in 1973, Mass General purchased one of the first two CT units in existence? Take a peek at a CT scanner from the inside. Massachusetts General Hospital Imaging uses CT technology every day to see inside the body and diagnose patients.

Catch this great exhibit at the MIT Museum before it goes!
12/27/2018
MIT Museum

Catch this great exhibit at the MIT Museum before it goes!

Catch "The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal," on view at the MIT Museum through December 31.

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Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, year-round. 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, April-October. Our social media policy: http://www.massgeneral.org/notices/socialmediapolicy.aspx

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00

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(617) 724-8009

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