Inside Mass. General Hospital's museum
Diagnosing illness and disease requires skill, knowledge, and technology to narrow down ailments. This case displays early examples of the tools that helped physicians find out what was wrong with their patients. These include microscopes; Wright stain solution developed at the MGH to help pathologists distinguish between different blood cells; a mirrored exam headpiece; and early monaural stethoscopes (which required only one ear to listen while the larger section was pressed against the body). Also shown is an early example of an X-ray tube, used to create X-ray images in the late 19th century.