The Museum of Medicine, Kaunas, Lithuania

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The Museum of Medicine, Kaunas, Lithuania

We didn’t make it to the Museum of the History of Lithuanian Medicine and Phramacy when were in Kaunas, Lithuania. I did photograph its very attractive sign, however.

Here’s what we missed:

The Museum of the History of Lithuanian Medicine and Pharmacy (Lithuanian: Lietuvos medicinos ir farmacijos istorijos muziejus) is located in a restored 16th-century building at the Town Hall Square in the Old Town of Kaunas, Lithuania. It moved to its current location in 1987, although its history dates to 1936.[1] Alfonsas Kaikaris (1922–1997), a professor of pharmacy, is credited as the founder of the museum; his personal collection formed the basis of its holdings.[2] The Lithuanian Pharmacists’ Union worked to collect materials as well.[1] It is sponsored by Kaunas University of Medicine.[1]

The museum’s permanent collection consists of the belongings of Lithuanian doctors, pharmacists and hospitals, along with medical and pharmaceutical implements and documents. Temporary exhibitions commemorate prominent doctors’ and pharmacists’ anniversaries.[1] The exhibits include dental equipment along with displays of archaic medications such as “Erektosan” (an herbal version of Viagra), love potions, “Venus Hair Potion,” and “Caput Mortuum” (a medieval male vitality booster and epilepsy treatment composed of dead heads).[3][4]

There one could enjoy the scenes of pre-history of medicine and pharmacy – watching exhibition stands arranged with great inventiveness and authenticity: presenting a shaman curing a baby as well as a Lithuanian sorceress.

Posted by A.Davey on 2019-03-10 16:06:46


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