Another specialist museum that I was lucky enough to visit in 2010 was the badly titled Musee de l'Assistance Publique- Hopitaux de Paris (Museum of Public Assistance- Paris Hospitals). Even though it's near the epicentre of Paris on the left bank of the Seine in the 5th there were only a handful of other visitors with me on the afternoon of my visit. This is one of the many museums covered by the absolutely essential Paris Museum Pass.
|Many of the hospitals were established to help children |
and particularly orphans and malnourished children.
|What, you don't have an opium cannister?|
|A drawing from 1432 showing the 39 sites suitable for blood letting|
|Kidney dish in English. Haricot en Francais.|
|An amputation kit|
|Guillaime Dupuytren's surgical instruments|
|Rene Laennec's stethoscope from ~1820|
|Jean-Martin Charcot teaching at Saltpetriere|
|The courtyard has a beautiful garden of medicinal plants|
I know a visit here isn't for everyone but it's well worth seeking out if you're so inclined.
Update 2013. Sadly it appears that this museum has closed, at least in this format. There is a reopening due at Hotel Dieu in 2016.
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