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Mutter Museum Historic Medical Photographs Hardcover – November 28, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0922233281 ISBN-10: 0922233284 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Blast Books; 1 edition (November 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0922233284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0922233281
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone interested in oddities, this will settle your craving.
T. Shifflett
If you or someone you know is interested in strange things, this is a perfect book for you.
K. Woodbury
This was a gift for a close friend and he absolutely LOVES this book.
Brittney Brown

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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By directions on April 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The truth is this books is in between two worlds, that of the scientific and that of the freakshow. I could say I'd prefer the former being a person with a disability myself (some of the photos here of people with "afflictions" like cerebral palsy would today lead normal lives) but also like any human being can understand your Malady of the Month curiousity about the whole thing and for that I'd reccomend the book "Death Scenes" (if you can stomach it and frankly the intro to that book has far more informative analysis of the photos than anything in this book). But the Mutter Museum although a sort of "odditorium" is also a scientific museum to inform people so I want facts. Obviously, the photos taken at the time and their captions don't depict current scientific knowledge. Many say "unknown disease" although a current scientist or medical provider could make a good guesstimate from the photo alone. What was the treatment at the time? What would the people have gone through? What would happen now? One photo particulary striking (among many though I'll choose one) says "meningitis, injected with serum, discharged 5 days later". The photo (striking to me because I have a neurological disability as well and after recovery from this disease people have long term after effects and disabilities that are neurological) unconsciously reminisant of the famous Victorian era photo "Fading Away" shows a girl in what appears to be a coma from that disease and one would assume she died after. But when it says she was "discharged five days later" she recovered, at least enough to be released. What happenend? A good "update" might read "the antitoxin available at the time would stop the progress of the disease and enable people to live though not nearly as effective as antibiotics did save some lives.Read more ›
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By T. Shifflett on December 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing book. Anyone interested in oddities, this will settle your craving. Lots of pictures and stories and well worth the money. There is so little time to spend at the Philadelphia museum and this book includes everything that is there plus more.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Melissa S. Mutlu on November 25, 2007
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The Mutter Museum took me into a most surreal world of photography. What some might consider disgusting, disturbing, and grotesque, The Mutter Museum turns into a form most beautiful without exploiting those being photographed.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Shilling on December 27, 2009
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I've seen a couple of tours of the museum on television, and thought this would make nice gift for my daughter who is interested in such things. One small photo with caption on each otherwise empty page was not what I expected. Not enough information, and considering all the exhibits that are in the museum, not enough photos. Save your money and just borrow this from the library.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. Woodbury on December 30, 2007
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I got this as a gift for my sister and having previously been to the museum, she was thrilled to have a book about it to look at whenever. It is packed with eerie pictures and information and is definitley worth giving it a look. If you or someone you know is interested in strange things, this is a perfect book for you. She said more than once that this was her favorite Christmas gift. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By shaunawonka on October 27, 2011
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I lived a couple blocks from this museum while I was in grad school and I kick myself now for never going to see it. This book is awesome. I wish there was a little more description of each photo, but then again I am a nerd :). The photos are amazing and as a medical practitioner, I think the procedures they did on some of these people 100, 130 years ago, were pretty groundbreaking. Definitely a great buy for anyone interested in oddities
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gretchen Block on February 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
oh my my my... i've seen a few programs on television that spotlighted the mutter museum, and one day i should so love to visit. but this book has given me more insight into the history of medicine and such. i was smitten by the pictures, and it makes me want to visit the museum even more! beautiful photographs. i poured over each one intently before turning the pages.
i would have liked just a little bit more information about the subjects, otherwise it is a beautifully edited book!
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mark E. Negron on January 1, 2008
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This book is very interesting if you are intrigued by medical history. but I wouldn't necessarily call it fascinating, like I was thinking it might be. it does, however, provide an insight to 19th century medicine that I had no idea existed. pioneering lifesaving medical techniques and even astoundingly advanced corrective procedures that I had no idea were even possible during this period are shown.
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