A History of Healthcare
Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History & Innovation, Massachusetts General Hospital
Many of the milestones that have advanced medical science and patient care over the past two centuries are on display in this remarkable new museum at Massachusetts General Hospital. The hospital has been the site of many medical firsts and these achievements, both past and present, can be experienced through a variety of exhibits and interactive video screens. Combining collections of hospital relics, such as surgical tools, apothecary kits, microscopes, and operating chairs, with learning tools featuring recent innovations and practices, there is a lot to explore and discover. The story of MGH’s many pioneers and current leaders is told for the continued inspiration of the medical profession.
Serving as a new gateway to the MGH campus on the corner of Cambridge and North Grove streets, the museum is a two story, glass and copper faced building. Located on a prominent site adjacent to the historic Resident Physician’s House, it provides an appropriate connection to the past. The facility houses a gallery on the second floor, and accommodates lectures, seminars and receptions. Above it all is a beautifully landscaped rooftop “green roof” garden with extensive plantings, walkways, benches, and a pergola structure. The rooftop garden serves as an open-air retreat with sweeping views of the surrounding neighborhoods in Beacon Hill and of the State House dome. Dedicated on the 200th anniversary of the hospital’s founding, the museum is a new cornerstone of the hospital’s ongoing educational mission.