Atlas Obscura: 6 Fascinating Medical Marvels in Pennsylvania

The online travel magazine includes the Institute on its list of places to experience the trials, errors, and triumphs of medical history.

With a strong focus on chemistry, the Science History Institute traces the evolution of medicine through art, artifacts, and rare books on alchemy and modern pharmacology in its museum and library. Sixteenth-century tomes containing recipes for the philosopher’s stone and artifacts including bloodletting bowls and earthenware leech jars demonstrate just how much medicine has changed.
 

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Above: The Alchemist by Mattheus van Helmont. Oil on canvas, 1600–1699, featured in the Age of Alchemy exhibition.
 

Published

September 9, 2020