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Eichold-Heustis Medical Museum of the South

Mobile, Alabama
The Eichold-Heustis Medical Museum contains the largest collection of medical artifacts in the Southeast. Two hundred years of medical history are reflected in this curious assortment of instruments, equipment, machines and medications.

Historical documents and photographs from Alabama's first medical center and medical school provide a unique glimpse of the past. Papers in the collection illustrate the "modern" treatment for tuberculosis, proper blood-letting techniques, and battlefield surgical procedures from Civil War physicians.

The general public and medical professionals are intrigued by this display of the obsolete and the proven, the primative and the innovative, the bizarre and the commonplace - all which contributed to today's practive of medicine.

The photograph (left) represents just one of the interesting items on display. In 1859, Josiah C Nott acquired this larger-than-life anatomical model in Paris for the Medical College of Mobile. The accurate papier-mache portrayal of the autonomic nervous system was copied from an 1854 Hirschfeld atlas. This model and another depicting the lymphatic system were visual aids for medical school lectures.

LOCATION:1504 Springhill Ave, Mobile, AL 36604. Phone 334-434-5055.

HOURS: 8 AM to 5 PM Monday - Friday.

ADMISSION: Free. For more information see

DIRECTIONS: Exit I-65 at Spring Hill Ave and head downtown. The museum is located in the Univ of South Alabama - Springhill Avenue Campus building on the left just past Catherine St. Parking is available one block further down on the left. 

Recommended Books

Annotated List of the Avery Bird Collection in the Alabama Museum of Natural History

National Geographic's Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways


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