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Adler Museum of Medicine – Tracing the history of medicine

Thank your stars! The history of medicine has changed the course of humankind easing all the worries and pains. Visit Johannesburg to see first-hand how the radical transformation has come into the field of medicine, pharmacy and dentistry. The Adler Museum of Medicine is ready to take you down the memory lanes and acquaint with the remarkable change that has come into this field through the ages. So, what are you waiting for? Book cheap flights to Johannesburg today and visit this informative, quirky museum.

Dr Cyril and Mrs Esther Adler together established the Adler Museum of Medicine in 1962. Their private collection of pharmacological and medical memorabilia is simply remarkable and comprises a major part of the museum. Over 40,000 objects prominently highlighting the history of medicine pharmacy and dentistry over the ages comprise the collection of the museum.

The Adler Museum of Medicine is currently housed at the University of Witwatersrand’s Wits Medical School in Johannesburg. The museum houses the first electrocardiograph (ECG) machine that was used in the Johannesburg General Hospital. Here you will also find several kinds of medical instruments used in ancient times. Some of these include Victorian ear trumpets, infamous ‘Iron lungs’ from 20th century polio epidemics, cranial crushers, and early cupping and bleeding instruments, and many more.

Apart from these medical instruments, you will also be able to find videos, pictures, sculptures, documents, and medallion and philatelic collections relating to the medical history. A library of rare books can be found at the Adler Museum of Medicine.

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