Piscataway Museum Announces New “History Of Medicine” Exhibit

PISCATAWAY—The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission and the Cornelius Low House Museum announced a new exhibition, “Call the Doctor! Call the Nurse! History of Medicine in New Jersey, 1775 – 1975.” The exhibit opens on Sunday, May 2, with a free, public opening reception from 1 – 4 p.m.

Come see the evolution and role of New Jersey’s remarkable medical history spanning a 200-year period and New Jersey’s notable contributions to the field of medicine. This unique exhibit includes the importance of New Jersey in the worldwide scope of the healing arts; research and advancement of Johnson & Johnson; potions, poisons and remedies – the good, the bad and the ugly; epidemics, diseases and how they affected New Jersey society and its soldiers, among them the smallpox epidemic, yellow fever during the Revolutionary War, Spanish flu epidemic of WWI, and polio and its vaccine trials.


The exhibit will also focus on women in the field of medicine as nurses, healers and midwives; herbal and traditional medicines, and the cultural groups that practiced such methods; treatments of the mentally ill from one of the pioneering states in the field; medical contraptions, from medicine bottles to a skull saw; and prominent individuals in medical professions.
New Jersey has and continues to play a key role in advancements within the field of medicine.  Historic artifacts from doctors, pharmacies, and educational institutions together with a reproduction surgical kit and recorded first-hand remembrances will unfold New Jersey’s significant medical history.

To register for the Opening Reception, call 1-732-745-4489. The Museum is located at 1225 River Road, Piscataway.

The free exhibit will be open to the public Tuesday – Friday and Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m., and will be on display though June 2011. School and large group tours are welcome by appointment. For more information, call the Museum, 1-732-745-4177, during regular office hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

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