Viewing Pathology

Samuel J. M. M. Alberti

in Morbid Curiosities

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199584581
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725159 | DOI:
Viewing Pathology

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Shifting from this production of pathology to its reception, Chapter 6 contrasts the intentions of those who constructed these elaborate bodies as far as possible with the responses they elicited. It opens with an outline of the role of specimens in medical education, the ostensible aim of most of the museums explored earlier in the book. This leads on to an assessment of access to these museums, for medical students and others, and thereby the intended audience constituency. Having situated these visitors in the museum and laid out the curators' intentions for their engagement, the chapter turns to how they experienced the collections. This history incorporates not only sight but also the other senses. Finally we encounter the rich spectrum of responses to pathological collections, from wonder through disgust to anger.

Keywords: museum visitors; medical education; reception; vision; touch; smell; access; audience; Joseph Kahn

Chapter.  14037 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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