Geisinger medical school founder to showcase trove of 19th century medical artifacts, documents at school

Alyssa Rege - Print  | 

Gerald Tracy, MD, a professor of medicine and one of the seven founders of the Scranton, Pa.-based Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, plans to open an exhibit at the medical school to showcase medical tools and documents from 100 or more years ago, according to The Times-Tribune.

Dr. Tracy said the exhibit, which will be located in Geisinger medical school's Scranton campus, is still in its early stages.

The collection of items includes a 1917 letter written by William Osler, MD, one of the founders of Baltimore-based The Johns Hopkins Hospital; a leather medicine pouch with vials of painkillers now more commonly used as poison; and a Civil War-era dissection kit containing nearly a dozen instruments used to conduct amputations, according to the report.

"That's the thing I'm most excited about — that we're drawing a straight line, really, all the way back to Civil War times with this display," Dr. Tracy told The Times-Tribune.

Dr. Tracy also said the exhibit will highlight influential physicians who made a significant contribution to the study of medicine in northern Pennsylvania.

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