The Library of the Health Sciences-Peoria (LHS-Peoria) has loaned medical and pharmaceutical equipment and related artifacts from its collections to the Peoria Riverfront Museum for an exhibit entitled “10 Medical Inventions That Changed the World.” The exhibit celebrates Peoria’s historical and ongoing contributions to healthcare research and development, most notably solving the problem of how to mass produce penicillin at the Northern Regional Research Laboratory—now called the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research—in the early 1940s. The exhibit also features other pioneering advances in medicine from Peoria and around the world that have significantly impacted humankind.
From medical inventions (such as eyeglasses and stethoscopes) so ubiquitous we don’t often pause to consider their significance, to recent breakthroughs in technologies and simulation that will one day undoubtedly save and improve the lives of billions of people, the “10 Medical Inventions” exhibit recognizes these truly profound innovations.
Materials on loan for the “10 Medical Inventions” exhibit from LHS-Peoria’s health sciences special collections range in date from ca. 1850-1970. Artifacts include a human skeleton medical specimen, a cast iron apothecary mortar and pestle, microscopes, eyeglasses, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, as well as dermatological chromolithographic book plates and other items from its basic science, surgery, hematology, podiatry, cardiology, home medical therapy and internal medicine collections.
“We are pleased to partner with the College of Medicine Peoria in contributing to this informative exhibit on medical inventions. It is through this partnership that we have received many of these unique items, and we are thankful for the opportunity to share them with Museum visitors,” says LHS-Peoria Regional Head Librarian and Assistant Professor Deborah Lauseng.
The exhibit is on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum through April 28, 2019. Visitors will have an opportunity to vote for their choices for the top ten medical interventions.
Special thanks to the Peoria Riverfront Museum, the UIC College of Medicine Peoria and our generous donors: Dr. R. Kent Bryan; Dr. Allan C. Campbell; Dr. Chester & Mrs. George Ann Danehower; Dr. Tom & Mrs. Jo Dorsch; Dr. William H. Marshall; Ms. Helen Moser; Dr. Lorin Whittaker, Jr.; and Dr. Martha J. Willi.