Object of the Month: September 2020

Object of the Month: September 2020 A Woman Protected from Cholera A copper patch on the chest over flannel bandages, a bodice made of elastic rubber. Above the dress a belt of small bricks, with wax taffeta bow flying towards the back. Lower leg clothes triple garnished with herb bags at the foot. Shoes and overshoes with […]

Object of the Month: August 2020

Object of the Month: August 2020 The COVID-19 Pandemic on A Postage Stamp   The COVID-19 pandemic and the joint effort of both health professionals and laypeople to stop the spread of the virus and protect others and themselves soon found depiction on postage stamps. Stamps – just like statues in the space of a city – […]

Object of the Month: July 2020

Object of the Month: July 2020 Remdesivir A collection of objects that depicts life in the time of a pandemic must include medicines. In a story of fighting disease, a drug bottle or phial represents victory, prefigures the end of the hard times and gives face to the hope that defeating the plague is in human power and […]

Object of the Month: June 2020

  Object of the Month: June 2020 Igracek Figures With Face Masks Face masks have become the most prominent symbol of the Corona pandemic in the Czech lands and beyond. Masks represent, on the one hand, the efforts of thousands of people to contribute to defeating the plague, to protect themselves and to help those […]

Object of the Month: May 2020

Object of the Month: May 2020 Surgical Face Mask, 1970s- 1980s Masks we have used during past three months and continue to use to protect our fellow human beings and ourselves during the pandemic, were originally intended for medical personnel. Face masks were introduced to stop the spread of droplet infection beyond operation theatres, maternal […]

Object of the Month: April 2020

Object of the Month: April 2020 Bülau Chest Drainage Apparatus COVID 19 is no flu. Yet the way it harms, the way it spreads and the way in which we try to protect ourselves, are not very different from the „Spanish Flu“ of the early 20 century. In 1869, a Hamburg physician designed a technique to help […]

Object of the Month: March 2020

Object of the Month: March 2020 Leyser Medical Thermometer High body temperature signals illness, usually an infectious disease. Today, thermometer is often the first instrument to detect COVID-19. Contactless digital thermometers and infrared cameras help recognize people who may be affected at airports or borders. First instruments for measuring body temperature emerged in Italy at […]

Object of the Month: February 2020

Object of the Month: February 2020 Coin-Catcher How best to remove a five franc coin stuck in the pharynx or the esophagus? Until the early 20 century, foreign objects were often removed from the throat without eye control. Instruments for such operations were often introduced centuries ago. “Coin catcher” after C. F. Graefe, an instrument in […]

Object of the Month: January 2020

Teplo-Fornax Winter is coming and staying. To heat both the bed and the body, hot bricks and stones had been used and in the 16 century metal hot water bottles were introduced in Europe. The early 20 century saw the birth of the electric blanket, which transforms electric current into heat. All these sources of […]