Object of the Month: January 2022

This butterfly is (in) oculated. Are You?  Object of the Month: January 2022   The January Object of the Month is based on wordplay: the English version must therefore be an explanation, rather a translation. The COVID 19 vaccination rates in the Czech Republic remain stubbornly Central European: higher than in Romania, Bulgaria or Poland and […]

Object of the Month: December 2021

Object of the Month: December 2021 “Vaccination Protects my Life”: Vilibald Weinzett, 1954   The matchbox sticker featuring a – perhaps – smiling child was published in 1954 by the SOLO factory in the Moravian town of Lipník nad Bečvou and conceived by the Research Institute of Health Education in Prague. The factory, founded in 1908, […]

PF 2022

PF 2022 Happy holidays and health and joy in the coming year to all our visitors and friends Zdravotnické noviny 25/51-2 (1976), 9 „At the end, I asked Comrade Červenková for a Christmas cookie recipe: a recipe for pumpernickel with coconut and chocolate. Cut pumpernickel into slices, immerse them in rum for a moment, then top with chocolate glaze and […]

Object of the Month: November 2021

Object of the Month: November 2021 A Charm Against Tuberculosis? Robert Koch, the discoverer of TBC-bacillus and the founder of bacteriology, became a heroic figure both in literature – in Czechoslovakia, in Karel Driml’s Bacilinek puppet play – and in the visual arts at the turn of the 20 century. The portrait of the Berlin […]

Object of the Month: October 2021

Object of the Month: October 2021 Hospital Lung Ventilator KPT-N In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Czechoslovak automatic pulmonary ventilators were being developed in the Presna mechanika (Prema, Precise Mechanics) factory in Brno by a team led by ing. Jaromír Bernreiter (1916-1966). Dr. Hugo Keszler (1916-1994), the head of anaesthesiology at the Clinical and Experimental […]

Object of the Month: September 2021

Object of the Month: September 2021 Urotropin The many medicines and chemicals tested to treat patients during the „Spanish Flu“ epidemic of 1918-1919 included newly developed chemotherapeutics. Prominent among them was urotropin (hexamethylenetetramine, hexenamin), tablets carried by many soldiers in their battle dress pockets, whether as solid fuel for warming rations or as prevention and […]

Object of the Month: August 2021

Object of the Month: August 2021 Pneumothorax After Küss, Waldek and Wagner, Prague, around 1925 The BCG (bacillus Calmette-Guérin) tuberculosis vaccine was introduced to medical practice in the 1920s. Only in the 1940s were antibiotics employed to cure the disease: beginning with a combination of streptomycin, para-aminosalicylic acid and isoniazid. In previous decades, physicians treated tuberculosis […]

Object of the Month: July 2021

Object of the Month: July 2021 Surgeon’s Diploma Issued to Franz Gebell, Wien, 1836   We, the Director and the Dean of the medical- surgical studies at the ancient and world famous University of Vienna confirm publicly that Franz Gebell, born in Cracow in Poland, having undertaken the proper course of study, underwent the rigorous exams […]

Object of the Month: June 2021

Object of the Month: June 2021 The Oldest Vaccination Attest in the Medical Museum Collection   A vaccination certificate is inscribed with two names, that of a doctor or a surgeon on the one hand and that of the vaccinated child – or adult – on the other. The document has been marked by two human destinies […]

Object of the Month: May 2021

Object of the Month: May 2021 Vaccination Certificate, 1828 In the spring of 2021, after a year and half with COVID-19, coronavirus vaccines promise protection against the disease to each of us, as well as the swift end to the pandemic and return to „normal“ times. Many of us have the certificates of one or both […]