Monday, September 5, 2011

International Museum of Surgical Science

The Museum of Surgical Science is one of Chicago's oddest sights. Housed in a four-story Gold Coast mansion, it displays a wild collection of surgical gear and exhibits. A collection of "stones" (as in "kidney" and "gall-") and the ancient Roman vaginal speculum leave lasting impressions. Ever wanted to see an iron lung? Here's your chance.

Perhaps most striking is the hemorrhoid surgery toolkit (pictured). It serves as a reminder to eat lots of fiber.


  1. This place still gives me chills, though I visited way back in the '90s. For the morbidly curious, it's an unmissable attraction. Thanks for spotlighting it!

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