Is there any use for old anatomy and pathology specimens, usually consigned to dusty basements for storage or destroyed after a number of years? In our new exhibition “New Lives for Old Specimens,” the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library features current medical research using historical specimens from Yale’s collections. Multiple curators drawn from inside and outside the School of Medicine, including a Yale medical student, Yale faculty, and international research teams, describe projects involving historical specimens. From tumors in the Cushing brain tumor registry and fetal skulls within the Kier/Conlogue collection to 1970s dissection videos featuring the late Yale Professor of Anatomy Edmund Crelin Jr., old specimens are finding new ways into current research and medical education.
This exhibit is curated by:
Gerald Joseph Conlogue, MHS, RT(R)(CT)(MR), Professor Emeritus, Diagnostic Imaging Department Co-Director, Bioanthropology Research Institute at Quinnipiac University;
Alan G. Lurie, DDS, PhD, Professor, Department of Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences Chair, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Diagnostic Sciences, Chair, Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine;
Charles Cecil Duncan, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery and of Pediatrics;
Shanta Elizabeth Kapadia, MBBS, Lecturer in Surgery (Gross Anatomy) ;
William B Stewart, PhD, Associate Professor of Surgery (Gross Anatomy),Section Chief; Cynthia Tsay, rising fourth year Yale Medical student