Předmět měsíce: září 2019

Object of the Month: September 2019 Bezoar Stone: Tricholith Bezoar forms in the hollow organs of the gastrointestinal system – mostly in the stomach, but also in the intestine, the rectum or the oesophagus – of ruminants and exceptionally of humans. Bezoars were extracted from the bowels for pharmaceutical use. The term can be traced […]

Object of the Month: August 2019

Object of the Month: August 2019 Marienbad Earthenware Mineral Water Bottle For the sultry August days we chose a vessel for distributing water: a commodity indispensable to life. Neither the interest in the medical properties of water, nor the enthusiasm for spas begins with modernity: we only need to recall the baths of the Roman era or […]


„The spa patients’ cups are filled usually with a scoop on a staff, bottles (Krüge) with metal tongs that clasp the bottle neck. During the time when spa guests do not drink and vessels are not filled, the access to the spring is closed and every three days, the spring is drained and cleaned.“ Wolfgang Adolf Gerle, Böhmens […]


  Records of the mineral springs at Bilin date back to the 16 century. In the 18 century, the Dukes of Lobkowitz distributed the Biliner Sauerbrunn across Europe. In 1780, the springs were cleaned and a distribution center built. At the same time, the Lobkowitzes took over the Saitschitz springs containing laxative sulphate of magnesium, known […]

Marienbad 1808-1908

The year 1808 is traditionally given as the date Marienbad was founded and named. In 1807, the monastery physician Johann Joseph Nehr (1752-1820) completed construction of its first permanent building, the Goldene Kugel (Golden Globe), as both his own residence and lodging for the spa guests. Nehr’s house could not hold all the spa guests, […]

Object of the Month: July 2019

Bullet-drawer (Kugelzieher) after Garengeot, first half of the 18 century The velocity and force of missiles launched from long-distance weapons grew over the centuries. Fingers, mouth and smith’s tongs served well to pull a simple arrowhead out of the body, one that penetrated bone could be loosened by a drill or a chisel. Medical writers of the Antiquity […]

Předmět měsíce: červen 2019

Diurocit urine testing kit, 1930s Urine testing, together with physical examination and palpation of the pulse, belongs to the oldest methods of medical examination. Uroscopy, diagnosis from observation of color, consistency and visible admixtures of urine, appears already in the 11 century BCE cuneiform “diagnostic textbook.” The method, familiar in antiquity, gained new currency in […]

Zveme Vás na výstavu

Až na kost! Výstava o stavbě, funkci a náhradách kostí Technické muzeum v Brně 4. 6.- 29. 9. 2019 Purkyňova 105, 612 00 Brno Z hlavního nádraží tramvají číslo 12 na zastávku Technické muzeum Autoři výstavy: ing. Tomáš Suchý, Ph.D. / ing. Lucie Vištejnová, Ph.D. Výstava si klade za cíl seznámit Vás se stavbou a funkcí kostí a srozumitelnou formou Vás provede vývojem léčebných postupů od dávnověku až po současnost. […]

Object of the Month: May 2019

  National Medical Library on a Historical Photograph Early history of the National Medical Library are bound with the Physicians’ House on the Sokolska Avenue, founded by Czech physicians and their professional organizations. The Central Library and Reading Room of Czechoslovak Physicians and Medical Students opened in that building in 1931, having merged a number of libraries […]