It’s that time of year! The History of Medicine Collection was pleased once again to host visits from students involved in the Erie 1 BOCES New Visions Connections Health Related Careers program. This 1-year program gives honors-level high school seniors the opportunity to observe careers in many allied health areas through a mentor relationship with a practicing professional in fields including Anatomy, Physiology and Disease, Health Core/Internship, English 12 and Social Studies: Participation in Government & Economics.
Marjorie Marasco from Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and Christine Tillman from the Buffalo General Medical Center brought their students to the History of Medicine on October 8th and November 20th, respectively. I gave both groups a tour and prepared a “hands on” display of some the book and instrument highlights of the Collection. It’s always exciting to share the history of medicine and the health sciences with these very bright students who may never have seen these kinds of materials up close and personal. The groups responded very enthusiastically to the visit!
While exploring in the History of Medicine stacks, the students from the November 20th visit found a shoebox on one of the shelves and asked “can you tell us what the baby’s head is inside?” Intrigued, I opened the box and to my great surprise, there was a wax model of the cranium and upper face of an infant with a probable rhabdosarcoma that had been donated! I had no idea that the box was there and thanked the students for their serendipitous find. Photographs of the students and their discovery are included.