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7 unusual medical museums

By: Matt Hickman on Oct. 14, 2011, 9 a.m.
human cadaver riding horse cadaver

Photo: Musée Fragonard

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Weird science

Does your taste in museums types veer toward contemporary art? How about museums dedicated to skin diseases?

Medical museums were once private affairs, granting access only to students and practicing physicians. But more recently, many permanent collections that revolve around deformed body parts floating in formaldehyde rather than pretty paintings have opened their doors to the public. There’s a macabre appeal to these museums, places where kindergarten field trips dare not tread, but their raison d'etre is purely educational. (Pictured here is "The horse and rider" at Musée Fragonard.)

Take a look at seven of the most intriguing medical museums from around the world. (Text: Matt Hickman)