Hippocrates is often called the father of medicine in western culture. To this day, health providers swear the Hippocratic oath before entering the field.
Since the original oath was written somewhere between the fifth and third centuries BC, one can only imagine how those that swore by the oath adapted and changed the way by which they kept that oath.
The National Health & Public Safety History Museum takes you on a journey through America's development of healthcare, emergency medical care and the world of first responders.
The museum is not just a static display but rather includes presentations for all ages on the innovations that changed medical and emergency response throughout the last two and a half centuries and some of this country’s most challenging medical and response events.
The exhibit pieces as well as the presentations and stories are a testament to the resilience and determination of those who have stood in the arena faithfully keeping their oaths while saving lives and seeking better instruments, policies, protocols and procedures.
Until March of 2020, the museum will remain a mobile museum before taking up its permanent residence at its new location in Dublin, Texas.
Right now, the mobile exhibit is considered “adjustable” meaning that every showing is unique and pieces are hand-selected along with the presentations to fit the venue and expected audiences. Programs can be chosen for schools, libraries, churches, response agencies, museums and even large public gatherings.
What kind of history is displayed in the museum?
This museum is extensive and features the history and developments in health care, emergency medicine and first response in the United States. Displays range from mid to late 1600's with artifacts such as blood-letting tools to the 19th Century and all its developments including the earliest EKG, patient transport items, hospital equipment, bizarre artifacts from sanitariums and yes, the macabre world of snake oil salesmen and fake doctors.
The museum is home to exhibits such as the history of army medics, nursing, firefighting, law enforcement, homeland security, civil defense and much more.
Imagine over 12,000 square feet of America's medical, health and response legacy complete with an educational auditorium designed for trainings and presentations as well as a growing research library!
To view a partial list of the museum's displays, CLICK HERE.
"We were very fortunate to have Jonathan and Eddy Weiss bring the Mobile Health & Medical Museum to our library. They have a huge display of items and are continually adding to their collection. I learned with the library patrons about the history of not only medicines and treatments for health issues but about orphan trains, history of different medical instruments (and they actually have these instruments-many one of a kind), epidemics and pandemics. Sometimes the treatment was worse than the disease!"
Wellsburg Public Library
"We were pleased to host Jonathan Weiss' Medical History Museum on Thursday, Friday and Saturday last week at the Independence Iowa Public Library. The museum staff is easy to work with and they make the exhibit flexible for the amount of space that you have. The museum spans four centuries and has fascinating items from the Revolutionary War, Native American medicine, the Civil War, the Titanic, pandemics, sanitariums, WWI and WWII, and more. Both curators were at the exhibit all three days and offered guided tours, which were full of engaging stories of medical history. We received great feedback from the public!"
Independence Publ;ic Library
Our Civil War era exhibit has grown and we could not be more pleased! With a new piece from the heart of Kentucky once owned by General Edmund Kirby Smith, our visitors will now gain insight into the medical difficulties experienced by soldiers both in blue and gray! Many thanks to the benefactor that donated our new focal piece for this exhibit!