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Armamentarium of Medicine, Nursing,
and Public Health

This collection consists of over 2,000 items of equipment and devices, furnishings, instrumentation, uniforms, and other materials used in research, teaching, and clinical practices at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions from the late 19th through the 20th century.

Equipment and Devices
There are over 30 items in this collection. Highlights include the prototype for the first closed-chest defibrillator, early examples of X-ray tubes, Reed/Frost Epidemic Model, ether cones, ether masks, and other pieces of equipment or devices used in teaching, research, and patient care.

Laboratory and clinical furnishings
There are over 30 items in this collection. Highlights include early surgical gurneys, operating room tables, examples of furniture from patient rooms, wheel chairs, and other items used in clinical and laboratory settings.

Instrumentation
There are over 1,000 items in this collection. Highlights include surgical tools that were designed and used by William Halsted, Walter Dandy, Alfred Blalock, Vivien Thomas, and other surgical leaders at Johns Hopkins.

There are over 200 items in this collection. Highlights include items from the laboratories of Johns Jacob Abel, Adolf Meyer, Curt Richter, George Gey, Alfred Blalock, Horsley Gantt and other scientists associated with the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

There are over 50 items in this collection. There are specimens from the collections of Adolf Meyer, Curt Richter, William Welch and Howard Kelly.

Uniforms/Accessories
There are over 150 items in this collection. Highlights include a comprehensive set of nursing uniforms for each period of the history of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. In addition, there are the academic regalia of prominent individuals associated with the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions including that of William Henry Howell, William Welch, William Halsted and others.


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