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.
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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.

Another great lecture:
11/13/2019

Another great lecture:

MGH hospitalist and POCUS (point-of-care ultrasound) expert Dr. Tommy Heyne presented a fascinating lecture to the general public at the Russell Museum: "From Wood to Chips: 200 Years of Stethoscoping and Ultrasounding."⁣

Dr. Heyne started with the humble beginnings of stethoscopes - the classic and iconic tool of the physician - and traced the technology through history to the development of ultrasound - a true revolution of modern medicine. He ended his talk with a live demo of POCUS using the Butterfly, a pocket-sized ultrasound!

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10/31/2019
Wellcome Collection

Too cute not to share. Happy Halloween.

MRI of a Pumpkin. Happy Halloween! 🎃

Russell Museum at MGH
10/28/2019

Russell Museum at MGH

Many thanks to those of you who visited on Saturdays this year. Until April 2020, come see us during the week, 9-5.
10/28/2019

Many thanks to those of you who visited on Saturdays this year. Until April 2020, come see us during the week, 9-5.

A tale of how the surgical glove was born (at Johns Hopkins):
10/24/2019

A tale of how the surgical glove was born (at Johns Hopkins):

The father of American surgery is also the inventor of the surgical glove. It came about at the beginning of a courtship with a nurse—a “glove story” that changed the course of surgical practice. http://protomag.com/articles/glove-story

For a preview of tonight's lecture on sepsis and for talks with other MGHers, take a listen to the Proto podcast:http://...
10/22/2019
The Sound of Proto

For a preview of tonight's lecture on sepsis and for talks with other MGHers, take a listen to the Proto podcast:
http://protomag.com/articles/sound-proto

What do polar bears, nightclub fires and electron microscopy have in common? All of them are topics from the most popular Proto podcast episodes. If you’ve missed any of those, here’s a chance to hear some of the conversations that resonated the most with Proto’s listeners.

Near-death experiences and more: The fall issue of Proto magazine has arrived. Get your free copy at the museum.
10/21/2019

Near-death experiences and more: The fall issue of Proto magazine has arrived. Get your free copy at the museum.

Mass General Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
10/16/2019

Mass General Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine

173 years ago, medical history took place at Massachusetts General Hospital when the first successful demonstration of surgical anesthesia occurred in the hospital’s operating theater, the Ether Dome. We’re honoring this special day with a virtual tour of the Ether Dome and everything it has to offer to visitors today. Search @MGHAnesthesia on Instagram, follow our page and click to view our Instagram Stories to experience the virtual tour! #EtherDay

10/11/2019

The museum is open this Saturday 11-5, and closed Monday for the holiday.

A beautiful piece in the Washington Post about the Ether Dome (with a nod to the Russell Museum). Reminder if you wish t...
10/10/2019
Perspective | Knock yourself out in the Ether Dome

A beautiful piece in the Washington Post about the Ether Dome (with a nod to the Russell Museum). Reminder if you wish to visit the Dome: call us at 617 724 8009 to find out its schedule.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/knock-yourself-out-in-the-ether-dome/2019/10/09/51cac5ec-e07e-11e9-8dc8-498eabc129a0_story.html

A pain-free visit to one of the oldest and most prestigious hospitals in the U.S. starts with celebrating a world-changing discovery.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: The museum is recruiting new docents to help meet the growing demand for history tours, technolog...
09/20/2019

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: The museum is recruiting new docents to help meet the growing demand for history tours, technology demonstrations and school programs. Volunteers welcome visitors in the museum, lead tours of the historical highlights of Mass General’s campus, including the Ether Dome, and demonstrate the museum’s virtual dissection table. Want to know more? Write to [email protected].

Also at HUBweek this year, what promises to be a compelling, important discussion:
09/19/2019

Also at HUBweek this year, what promises to be a compelling, important discussion:

An estimated 1.1 million people in the United States identify as transgender or non-binary and face significant health risks and barriers to quality care. Join the Mass General Transgender Health Program clinicians and other Boston experts in transgender health, Wednesday, October 2 at HubWeek for an important discussion: “A More Inclusive Future: Transgender Health, Culture and Policy.” For the full schedule, visit www.HubWeek.org and enter “MGH-HW-19” for a 20% discount on all HubWeek passes. #HubWeek2019

At this year's HUBweek--a celebration of science and innovation in Boston--you can hear from MGH-trained physician and a...
09/17/2019

At this year's HUBweek--a celebration of science and innovation in Boston--you can hear from MGH-trained physician and astronaut candidate Jonny Kim:

Lots of kids aspire to be astronauts when they grow up. Meeting Dr. Jonny Kim, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronaut candidate, may be the closest many of us get to realizing that dream. Hear from Dr. Kim along with a few other scientists at the forefront of space exploration at the 2019 Fall Festival: http://bit.ly/2ZQtB1F

Excuse me, sir? Is admission free?
09/12/2019

Excuse me, sir? Is admission free?

If you missed Dr. Aronson at the Russell Museum last night, you can catch her tonight at the Countway Library. Take it f...
09/11/2019
Arts and Humanities Initiative at HMS

If you missed Dr. Aronson at the Russell Museum last night, you can catch her tonight at the Countway Library. Take it from us: You won't regret it (no matter your age).

Please join us to hear author Dr. Louise Aronson-Louise Aronson, MD, MFA-geriatrician, writer, and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco-discuss her book Elderhood.

Wednesday, September 11th, 5:30-7pm
Lahey Room, Countway Library 5th Floor

https://libcal.countway.harvard.edu/event/5536733

The museum is open Saturday 11-5, closed Monday (Labor Day).Enjoy what remains of summer (image from a 1956 MGH newslett...
08/30/2019

The museum is open Saturday 11-5, closed Monday (Labor Day).

Enjoy what remains of summer (image from a 1956 MGH newsletter).

Proto Magazine: Dispatches From the Frontiers of Medicine
08/29/2019

Proto Magazine: Dispatches From the Frontiers of Medicine

This year marks the 150-year anniversary of the first ambulance—a horse-drawn carriage equipped with a foot-operated bell and a bottle of brandy. http://protomag.com/articles/ambulance-arrives

For International Dog Day, here are two sweet pups from the MGH Archives. (The human is John Macomber, MGH trustee in th...
08/26/2019

For International Dog Day, here are two sweet pups from the MGH Archives. (The human is John Macomber, MGH trustee in the first half of the 20th century.)

Many thanks to Dr. Nakagawa for allowing us to display these images:
08/06/2019

Many thanks to Dr. Nakagawa for allowing us to display these images:

Photos by Akito Nakagawa, PhD that show normal red blood cells and those with sickle cell disease are currently on display at the Russell Museum at MGH. These photos are part of Dr. Nakagawa's research project, which aims to identify and develop small molecules that reduce sickling of red blood cells as a way to potentially treat sickle cell disease.

Russell Museum at MGH's cover photo
06/17/2019

Russell Museum at MGH's cover photo

Russell Museum at MGH's cover photo
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

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

Russell Museum at MGH's cover photo
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.

Russell Museum at MGH's cover photo
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

Russell Museum at MGH's cover photo
02/07/2019

Russell Museum at MGH's cover photo

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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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