Southern California Medical Museum

Southern California Medical Museum The Southern California Medical Museum was established in 1982 by Merlin A. Hendrickson, MD to provide education on the history of medicine. It is in the process of moving
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The Southern California Medical Museum is the only public Medical Museum in Southern California. Established in 1982, it shows the history of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy from the 15th century until the present. Highlights are a diorama with an old-time doctor's and dentist's office, quackery items, patent medicine, colorful pharmacy vessels and Civil war and other war medicine exhibits. There are always changing temporary exhibits. The museum is non-profit and is completely staffed by volunteers. New members and donations are always welcome. Tours for groups, loans to suitable organizations and a speakers bureau are available. The museum is accessible to disabled persons. The entry fee is $5. Special pricing for tour groups.

The contents of the Southern California Medical Museum have been moved to a storage facility in Redlands. The Pathology ...
12/01/2019

The contents of the Southern California Medical Museum have been moved to a storage facility in Redlands. The Pathology department of Loma Linda Medical Center has graciously allowed us to use their building to, hopefully temporarily, house our "stuff."
It was a big job but thanks to the help of volunteers from San Bernardino Medical Society, the Museum Committee and others, everything went smoothly. Frank and Ricky Mendiola and their crew did the heavy work carefully and expediently and in four days all our belongings were transferred. It is an amazing amount as one can see from the pictures.
We are negotiating with several organizations to secure a new location and things are looking up but no decision has been made. If you have any ideas about a new place for us let us know.
In the meantime, our speakersbureau is still available as are temporary or semi-permanent exhibits. We also will continue to offer workshops to the boy and girl scouts for the medical merit badge.
Please keep following us, we'll keep you posted!!!!

09/27/2019
SAD NEWS!!!!!! THE MUSEUM HAS LOST ITS LOCATIONThe Southern California Medical Museum (SCMM) is the only medical history...
09/16/2019

SAD NEWS!!!!!! THE MUSEUM HAS LOST ITS LOCATION
The Southern California Medical Museum (SCMM) is the only medical history museum in Southern California. It has been serving our communities for 37 years. During this time we have hosted thousands of visitors from school age to senior citizens, provided the medicine merit badge to hundreds of Boy Scouts (boys and girls) and have consulted on television shows and motion pictures, and provided many displays and presentations. Visitors have come from all over the state, even as far as Europe and Asia. A visit to the museum has been part of the curriculum of several professional schools. All fabulous volunteer committee members and others have put in countless hours making the SCMM an enriching experience for our guests. We have been housed at Western University in Pomona for five years and has been very beneficial to both parties, with participation by medical students, librarians and SCMM contributions to the community and PR of the school.
So after this long and very successful arrangement, it came as a shock that our museum was told that we had to pack up all of our displays, materials and stored items and be out of the building in less than 90 days. This will definitely be a damaging blow to the SCMM. We barely have time to arrange storage of our materials, let alone find a new location.
So, we are placing an appeal to all who read this note. If you care at all about medical history, then we implore you to help us come up with a solution. Do you know of any organization that may wish to sponsor the SCMM? A city? A hospital? Another medical school, perhaps? If you have any contacts that could be of help, please connect with Debbie Long at 909-273-6000 or [email protected].

Susan Purdy R.N. gave a tour to seniors from Sierra Madre. Our museum is disabled friendly. Thanks, Susan, for being suc...
08/23/2019

Susan Purdy R.N. gave a tour to seniors from Sierra Madre. Our museum is disabled friendly. Thanks, Susan, for being such a loyal volunteer!

Susan Purdy, RN, gave a tour to residents of Chloie's Cottage, a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly. Our museum s...
07/12/2019

Susan Purdy, RN, gave a tour to residents of Chloie's Cottage, a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly. Our museum seemed to spark memories for some of them. From grade schoolers to seniors, there is something for everybody at the Southern California Medical Museum!

These are MA students from Angeles College Industry Campus who visited the museum. They enjoyed the tour, got shocked by...
07/04/2019

These are MA students from Angeles College Industry Campus who visited the museum. They enjoyed the tour, got shocked by the violet ray machine and were very serious about the treasure hunt. Thanks ladies and gents, we're sure you'll go far!

The schedule of Susan Purdy RN to give guided tours of the museum is set for the rest of the year. She will be available...
06/30/2019

The schedule of Susan Purdy RN to give guided tours of the museum is set for the rest of the year. She will be available on Thursdays between 10 AM and 2 PM on the following dates:
July 2, 11, 118 and 25
August 22 and 29
September 26
Most Thursdays between 10 and 2 in October, November and December.
We are also open every third Wednesday of the month and by appointment for groups and individuals. Call Debbie Long at 909-273-6000.
The Southern California Medical Museum supports medical history for all. Our motto is: "If you don't know where you're coming from, you don't know where you're going."
We hope to see you soon!
A gray clay figure of a pregnant woman, China, Han dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD), height 8 cm. Collection Dr Davidson.

06/30/2019
The Iron Lung in Action

Our volunteer Dylon Kwang was able to "breathe new life" in the tank respirator. You can see the bellows and the collar around Hope Goodman's neck move as the pressure changes and the chest would expand. The sound is made by the electric motor; if there was a real patient you would also hear breathing sounds. The patient could only talk when breathing out.

Susan Purdue RN gave a museum tour for these lovely retired surgical nurses from St Jude’s Hospital in Fullerton. Thanks...
05/03/2019

Susan Purdue RN gave a museum tour for these lovely retired surgical nurses from St Jude’s Hospital in Fullerton. Thanks for your interest, ladies.Tell your friends!

The Southern California Medical Museum will participate ina Victorian Fair, hosted by Workman & Temple Family Homestead ...
04/17/2019

The Southern California Medical Museum will participate in
a Victorian Fair, hosted by Workman & Temple Family Homestead Museum
Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28, 2019 at:
15415 Don Julian Rd, City of Industry, California 91745
It promises to be two very interesting days:

Explore the Victorian era through music, dance, fashion shows, exhibits, demonstrations, and more. This year’s festival shines a light on Victorians’ obsession with the natural (and supernatural!) world. Admission is free.

Both Days:
-Music by the Philadelphia Quadrille Band
-Dance demonstrations and lessons with ­­­­Renée Camus and Dancers
-Self-guided tours of the museum's historic houses and cemetery
-Fashion programs by Natalie Meyer
-Explore death and mourning with Sarah Chavez of the Order of the Good Death
-Frontier Snake Oil Salesman, Dr. Malatesta
-Performances by the Workman High School Dancing Lobos
-Pianist Dennis Aguilar in La Casa Nueva's Music Room
-Vintage bicycles displayed and ridden by Steven and Shaun Thomas
-Demonstrations and info booths staffed by local organizations
-Crafts and games

Special to Saturday:
-Members of the Kizh Gabrieleño Band of Mission Indians sharing the history of their people
-An up-close look at native California animals with the Wildlife Waystation
-The Southern CA Medical Museum presents Bloodletting, Blistering, Bloodsuckers, and Good and Laudable Pus

Special to Sunday:
-Performances by the Hsi Lai Temple Youth Orchestra
-Magician Misty Lee exploring Spiritualism and séances
-The Southern CA Medical Museum presents From Oh? To Ah! Accidental Discoveries

Susan Purdy RN will be in the museum to give you an expert tour of the collection every Thursday between 11 AM and 3 PM ...
03/28/2019

Susan Purdy RN will be in the museum to give you an expert tour of the collection every Thursday between 11 AM and 3 PM through May 9. This is your opportunity to learn about the history of healthcare in all it's forms, be amazed and entertained. Come and bring your family, friends and colleagues. In spite of all modern advances of medicine you're not getting any younger!
We are also open every third Wednesday of the month and by appointment. Call Debbie Long at 909-273-6000.
The Southern California Medical Museum has a display at the Polyplasticum, a museum of the history of plastic (www.polyplasticum.nl, Facebook Polyplasticum) in Zwolle, the Netherlands. Since the invention of the vulcanizing process of rubber by Mr Goodyear, medicine as we know it could not be possible without polymers (plastics).

NEW OPENING HOURS IN JANUARY/FEBRUARY!!Volunteer docent Susan Purdy, RN, will be present at the museum from 10 AM to 2PM...
01/16/2019

NEW OPENING HOURS IN JANUARY/FEBRUARY!!
Volunteer docent Susan Purdy, RN, will be present at the museum from 10 AM to 2PM on Thursday January 17, 24 and 31; and Feb 21 and 28 to give you a fascinating tour through the history of medicine. No appointment is necessary, but it would be appreciated if you would notify Debbie Long at 909-273-6000. Entry fee $5 adults, $3 students, military and employees of WUHS free.
We are also open most 3rd Wednesday each month. Check with Debbie.
This rare early brass projecting microscope was recently purchased for the museum. Made by Flatters & Garnett Ltd. in England in the early 1900s, it was used as a teaching tool, projecting microscopic images on a screen with a light bulb. Currently this is done electronically.

01/11/2019
Southern California Medical Museum

Dr Tomas Torices from the American Academy of Pediatrics California Chapter 2 has produced a very nice promotional video for the museum. We thank him for his courtesy. Please share this with your friends on Facebook. To see the museum live please call Debbie at 909-273-6000.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Epbpks_efs&feature=share

Dr. Hans Davidson presents an overview of some of the exhibits on display at the Southern California Medical Museum, in Pomona, CA.

NEW OPENINGS HOURS IN December!!During the month of December volunteer docent Susan Purdy, RN, will be present at the mu...
12/03/2018

NEW OPENINGS HOURS IN December!!
During the month of December volunteer docent Susan Purdy, RN, will be present at the museum from 10 AM to 2PM on Thursday 6 and 13 to give you a fascinating tour through the history of medicine. No appointment is necessary, but it would be appreciated if you would notify Debbie Long at 909-273-6000.
We are also open most 3rd Wednesday each month. Check with Debbie.
This is a new addition to the collection, a Georgian traveling apothecary case, circa 1830.

NEW OPENINGS HOURS IN SEPTEMBER!!!During the month of September, volunteer docent Susan Purdy, RN, will be present at th...
08/07/2018

NEW OPENINGS HOURS IN SEPTEMBER!!!
During the month of September, volunteer docent Susan Purdy, RN, will be present at the museum from 10 AM to 4 PM each Thursday to give you a fascinating tour through the history of medicine. No appointment is necessary, but it would be appreciated if you would notify Debbie Long at 909-273-6000

Pasadena Star News
07/25/2018
Pasadena Star News

Pasadena Star News

Southern California Medical Museum recently acquired the mechanical respirator, which was used widely during the ‘40s and ‘50s and enclosed patients from the neck down, especially people with polio.

06/06/2018

This is Hope Goodman, it is 1952. She is 7 years old. There was no polio vaccine available until 1955. Two days before she was playing with her friends in the school yard. Now she can hardly move her arms and legs and has difficulty breathing so she went to the Southern California Medical Museum and was put in an iron lung. Nurses put hot towels on her body to help with the painful muscle cramps, remove saliva with suction as she can’t swallow and give her loving care. There is nothing else but wait and see, there was nor is specific treatment for polio, only prevention. She has a good chance of having a complete or partial recovery but it is not certain. Some patients died or had to use respirators like the iron lung for the rest of their life but most were there for only 2 to 3 weeks, being weaned gradually as muscle function improved. In 30 or 40 years some of the symptoms could return, called post-polio syndrome. Vaccination has prevented countless numbers of disease, disfiguring and death. Opposition against vaccination can cause autism.

We got our iron lung!
06/06/2018

We got our iron lung!

We got our iron lung!

04/26/2018

The OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) has selected the Dr. Bert J. Davidson Medical Bookplate Collection for worldwide publication. Previously it was on display at the Pumerantz Library at Western University for the Health Sciences in Pomona California. All the bookplates shown in this collection are by established, and in some cases famous artists from the Netherlands and Belgium spanning the 20th Century. They all relate to medicine, pharmacy, dentistry or psychology. Please also study the Civil Rights Movement en the WWII records.
https://www.oclc.org/en/news/announcements/2018/contentdm-featured-collections-March-2018.html

J. Melse (1887-1968), 1941. Two color litho. Dr. Koch must have been a surgeon, obstetrician, physician, and scientist, ...
04/26/2018

J. Melse (1887-1968), 1941. Two color litho. Dr. Koch must have been a surgeon, obstetrician, physician, and scientist, according to the symbols. He also had a pharmacy at his practice / home, judging from the cup of Hygeia.

EXCITING PREVIEW!!Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center has donated one of their remaining iron lungs to the ...
03/15/2018

EXCITING PREVIEW!!
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center has donated one of their remaining iron lungs to the museum.
In the 1950s the hospital was one of the major centers where victims of polio (infantile paralysis) who were unable to breathe on their own were treated. They were placed in a metal chamber in which negative pressure was used to move their chest up and down, sometimes for a few weeks, sometimes for an extended period. We expect the machine to arrive in April and will dedicate a new large exhibit to it. It is very time appropriate taking in account the controversy regarding vaccination.
More to come!

Boy Scout Medicine Merit Badge
02/27/2018

Boy Scout Medicine Merit Badge

Need to earn your Medicine Merit Badge. We can help you with that.

In December we were told that the museum had to vacate its off-campus storage space. So we completely filled the ''tempo...
02/14/2018

In December we were told that the museum had to vacate its off-campus storage space. So we completely filled the ''temporary'' storage area in our building which we had earmarked to display our extensive collection of medical art en photography.
Our trusted contractor Frank Mendiola and his crew did the move. But it was through the effort of our volunteers, especially the administrative staff of the San Bernardino County Medical Society, that it was done in one day! Thanks so much!!
We hope that somebody someway will find a better solution for our extra collections so we can expand the exhibit area of our museum. We have so many more wonderful, interesting items to show....

SEE THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE COME ALIVE!
12/16/2017

SEE THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE COME ALIVE!

The museum received a donation of medical items from the McCleary family. In addition the brothers John and James Mc Cle...
11/30/2017

The museum received a donation of medical items from the McCleary family. In addition the brothers John and James Mc Cleary gave us the archive of their mother Alice McCleary, who was the head of the Physical Therapy Department Scripps Hospital. She was a remarkable woman with a illustrious career. We show a cartoon of the opening of the Department in 1952 and Mrs McCleary giving a therapeutic bath to a polio victim. At the end of the visit John McCleary surprised us with a very generous monetary donation. We're very grateful for the gift that will help us making some much needed changes to the museum.

The "Storage War" episode that featured the museum aired on November 15 (Season 11, nr. 4). Justin brought a 1940s steri...
11/30/2017

The "Storage War" episode that featured the museum aired on November 15 (Season 11, nr. 4). Justin brought a 1940s sterilizable electric bone saw for appraisal. It is a historically important devise, being the first of it's kind, designed by a famous surgeon who performed one of the first arm reattachments. After the obligatory pause I estimated the value of the saw to be $300. We then went on and had some fun with the Ultraviolet Spark Generator.

At the occasion of Halloween, the "(Un)happy Halloween, Scary Medical Tools" collection is now on view at the library of...
11/30/2017

At the occasion of Halloween, the "(Un)happy Halloween, Scary Medical Tools" collection is now on view at the library of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. The museum has, over the years, arranged for about 15 temporary displays, together with Head Librarian Gloria Aredondo, who retired last August.

At the occasion of the Kimberly Crest Mansion in Redlands Second Sunday Program in October the museum displayed three to...
11/30/2017

At the occasion of the Kimberly Crest Mansion in Redlands Second Sunday Program in October the museum displayed three topics: "(Un)happy Halloween, Scary Medical Tools", "House calls" and "Medicine during the early Kimberly Crest Years." The exposition ran through October.

The Southern California Medical Museum has been asked to arrange medical historical displays in the temporary building o...
11/30/2017

The Southern California Medical Museum has been asked to arrange medical historical displays in the temporary building of the California University of Science and Medicine in San Bernardino, slated to start in 2018. The first vitrine was finished at the occasion of the visit of the major benefactor of the school, Dr. Prim Reddy of Primecare fame. The photo shows him in the middle, surrounded by faculty and administration of the new medical school. Next to him his pediatrician daughter who oversees his one billion dollar caritative foundation. In October, almost the whole faculty of CalMed visited our museum.

The Southern California Medical Museum will again be part of a feature on the TV program "Storage Wars."  Right now, the...
11/08/2017

The Southern California Medical Museum will again be part of a feature on the TV program "Storage Wars." Right now, the episode is scheduled for next Wednesday 11/15 at 9:30 PM but the dates/time may switch a little, so make sure to check your local listings.

Did you know that the Southern California Medical Museum has a speakers bureau and provides temporary and semi-permanent...
09/14/2017

Did you know that the Southern California Medical Museum has a speakers bureau and provides temporary and semi-permanent exhibits? For lectures contact Debbie Long at 909-273-6000.
On October 8, 2017 at the Kimberly Crest Mansion in Redlands Second Sunday Program there is an exhibit of Historic Medical Equipment on loan from the museum:
''This exhibit is not for the faint of heart! For October’s Second Sunday there will be an extra special (and extra creepy) display of medical equipment from the past. This exhibit may not be appropriate for small children. 1 to 4 p.m."
The display will be on view through October. The address is:
1325 Prospect Drive, Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: 909-792-2111

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350 S Garey Ave, Fl First
Pomona, CA
91766

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