Medical Equipment Artifacts

Sanborn Electrocardiograph Machine - Image of Front (closed) Sanborn Electrocardiograph Machine - Image of Front (open) Sanborn Electrocardiograph Machine - Image of Control Panel Coryllos Thoracoscope - Image of Front (closed) Coryllos Thoracoscope - Image of Front (open) May Ophthalmoscope - Image of Front (closed) May Ophthalmoscope - Image of Front (open) Leitz Microscope Case and Supplies - Image of Front (closed) Leitz Microscope Case and Supplies - Image of Contents Leitz Microscope Case and Supplies - Image of Slides Dr. John  P. McGovern Medical Bag - Image of Front (closed) Dr. John  P. McGovern Medical Bag - Image of Contents Dr. John  P. McGovern Medical Bag - Image of Contents_2 Sanborn Viso Cardiette Machine - Image of Front (open) Sanborn Viso Cardiette Machine - Image of Control Panel Beck-Lee Electrocardiograph Machine - Image of Front (closed) Beck-Lee Electrocardiograph Machine - Image of Control Panel

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IC079-S2

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Medical Equipment Artifacts

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  • 1900-1951 (Creation)

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7 artifacts

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The Museum of Health and Medical Science (also known as “The Health Museum”) opened on November 16, 1969, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Over the course of 21 years, it provided quality information and education on health and the human body. After a successful multi-million-dollar campaign, the John P. McGovern Building was constructed in Houston’s Museum District, and the museum officially opened on March 16, 1996. In late 2001, the John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science was dedicated in Dr. McGovern’s honor to recognize the contributions of Dr. McGovern to the Museum’s success, which have helped educate and entertain hundreds of thousands of children and families by providing innovative exhibits and interactive programs on health and medical science. In July 2017, The Health Museum became a Smithsonian Affiliate, the first in the Houston Museum District. Two years later, in November 2019, the museum celebrated its 50th anniversary in Houston’s museum community. Today, the Health Museum remains a favorite educational destination among many Houstonians, as it continues to inspire interest and foster curiosity in health, the human body, and medical sciences to individuals of all ages.

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This series consists of seven antique medical equipment artifacts, such as electrocardiograph machines, microscope slides with specimens, an ophthalmoscope, thoracoscope, and Dr. John P. McGovern's personal medical bag containing a range of medical tools, first aid supplies, and medicine.

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