Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical History Museum offers a surprisingly large collection of medical artifacts tucked into every available niche on the bottom floor of the Sierra Sacramento Medical Society’s building. In their modest description quoted from their website, they do not mention that each of those 16 display cases are absolutely packed with artifacts complete with informational cards.
[pullright float= “alignright”] “In addition to books and journals, there are 16 display cases showcasing medical artifacts collected and donated to the Society over the years. There are cases featuring collections in the fields of Surgery, Clinical Diagnosis, Infectious Disease, Pharmacy, Radiology, Chinese Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Quackery.” [/pullright]
If you are lucky, you’ll run into Dr. Bob LaPerriere. He is a fountain of knowledge and stories relating to the medical field. If you miss him, be sure to check out his annual cemetery tour at the Old City Cemetery in Sacramento. His medical bag tour is on October 1st, 2011 at 10am.
The museum is open free to the public from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, except holidays.
Don’t live near Sacramento?
They offer an impressive amount of information and photos online, including a fantastic virtual tour where you can click on the floorplan of display cases and see a photo of that case with descriptive text about what is in it.