The Mütter Museum (Philadelphia, USA) is one of only two places in the world where you can see pieces of Albert Einstein’s brain. Brain sections, 20 microns thick and stained with cresyl violet, are preserved in glass slides on display in the main Museum Gallery.
When the physicist died in New Jersey, pathologist Thomas Harvey, MD, autopsied the body and removed Einstein’s brain without the family’s permission. Dr. Harvey eventually received permission to keep the brain, but only on the condition that it be used for scientific research.
For decades, Harvey kept the brain of one of the world’s greatest minds in a glass jar, sometimes in a cider box under a beer cooler. Harvey dissected the brain into 240 blocks and made 1,000 microscopic slides of the brain tissue. Dr. Harvey sent pieces of the brain to researchers all over the world.
PS: this might be interesting for sixpenceee and her followers :)
If you’re ever in Philadelphia, you MUST put aside an afternoon to tour The Mutter Museum (of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia).
It’s one of the most extensive, and somewhat disturbing, collections of medical oddities. You’ll find everything from antique medical instruments to casts of deformities to jars of preserved body parts.
I particularly like the medical equipment. It’s amazing how far we’ve come from the days of, “Here! Bite on this while we saw off your infected leg.”
On Saturday night, police armed with tear gas and pepper spray were called in to contain riots that broke out during a pumpkin festival in Keene, N.H.
CNN reported that those involved — many of whom were students at nearby Keene State College — yelled expletives at police, started fires, flipped cars and tore down street signs. Video footage showed bonfires burning well into Sunday morning, as well as streets littered with broken bottles and debris. Dozens of arrests were made, and multiple ambulances reported to the area to help the injured.
We say it all the time around here: people in great positions of authority must be held accountable. Police officers are supposed to be the enforcers of the law, but what happens when they themselves violate the law?
One concerned citizen in Washington state saw an officer who was in clear…
My cousin, TALLON, was reported MISSING today. He is an AUTISTIC BLACK TEEN AND IS COMPLETELY NON-VERBAL. HE DOES NOT RESPOND TO HIS NAME. This young man went out for his daily bike ride, unattended, and did not come back. Tonight, HE IS IN LA BY HIMSELF. He is 6’0, 200lbs, and was last seen wearing a white t shirt and khaki shorts. PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST!!
Perspective on disease. Republicans have the worst memories. They also thought certain people deserved to die. #AIDS
Reagan’s communications director, Pat Buchanan, also argued that AIDS “[was] nature’s revenge on gay men”.
Fair warning, I’m gonna reblog this every time I see it cross my dash.
I was there in the 80s. (Yeah, I’m that old.) It was a scary time. Instead of promoting education about the disease, some of our elected officials (Jesse Helms, Lyndon LaRouche, perpetuated ignorance and fear. Some called for the arrest and quarantine of gay folks. Our president was silent.