The Mütter Museum, and our home The College of Physicians of Philadelphia hosts events and lectures all year round! Check them out below and we hope to see you soon!
Online Office Hours! (OOH!) is a series of topics revealing curious tales and further explorations into the Mütter collection. Have a question you always wanted to ask the curator? Looking for resources to satisfy your inquisitive mind? Drop by for a Mütter minute or the whole hour for a live Q&A with Mütter Museum Co-Director and Curator, Anna Dhody.
Join us for our first session, Combing the Collection, on Thursday, July 9 at 4 PM ET. This event will have a brief presentation of about 15 minutes, followed by a longer Q&A.
What animal has ten stomachs, three jaws, 32 brains, and can go up to a year without feeding? A medicinal leech, of course! Known as the “courteous creature,” the medicinal leech, Hirudo medicinalis, has been an essential participant in sustaining human health. Decades ago, the leech began to disappear from a physician’s kit as a relic of the non-scientific era of medicine, but recently the leech has made a come-back into the operating room. Now championed for their essential use in microsurgery, medicinal leeches have become the patient’s friend. This illustrated presentation reviews the story of leeches in our medical history, describes their use today, and viewers will be introduced to Horatio, a companionable leech, to see how he feeds on his human friend, the presenter.
The Mütter Museum helps the public appreciate the mysteries and beauty of the human body while understanding the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease.