Temporary exhibitions

Anamnesis- Medical History in the Ancient World

Pozivnica Anamneza AMZ (1)

Title: Anamnesis- Medical History in the Ancient World

Location: Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, Nikola Šubić Zrinski Square 19, Zagreb

Duration: March 30th – June 14th 2107

Exhibition Authors: Slađana Latinović (AMZ), Sunčica Nagradić Habus, Danijel Lončar

Consultant: Zoran Gregl, PhD (AMZ)

Exhibition Design: Slađana Latinović (AMZ), Sunčica Nagradić Habus, Danijel Lončar

Graphic Design: Roberta Bratović, Maja Kolar – Oaza

Partners: School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, High School for Nursing Vinogradska, University of Applied Health Sciences, Zagreb Holding subsidaries – Zagreb Pharmacies, Vodoopskrba i odvodnja, Zrinjevac

Technical Realisation: Technical staff AMZ

Scope: 30 posters, 11 showcases, four educational elements (light installation Four bodily fluids, pharmacy garden, operational table, human eye model, internal organs model), archaeological material (201 catalogue entries), osteological material (four catalogue entries)

Type of Exhibition: archaeologycal, temporary, mobile

Audience: all types of visitors

Theme: The Archaeological Museum in Zagreb houses a collection of medical and pharmaceutical instruments from Sisak, one of the largest collections of medical instruments in Europe, which we present on the 35th anniversary of its  first publication.

Disease is an integral part of human life, and attempts to explain or escape it can be traced back to the dawn of time. This process begins with the magical and divine influences on human health, in which, alongside deities, the main role in healing belonged to priests. Therefore, the exhibition opens with several healing deities, such as Apollo, Asclepius, Hygieia and others. Through the development of philosophy and science the human body became the place where physicians looked for the cause of the disease. Hippocrates' way of thinking fundamentally changed ancient medicine, and numerous Greek and Roman physicians followed his trail for centuries. A brief overview of this important process is shown with an emphasis on how the most famous ancient physicians perceived the human body, what affected it and how physicians approached illness and suffering. The process of collecting, preparing and storing of the ingredients indicates the number of medicinal compositions that were available to the sick. As a last step in the healing process, one that was applied only when there was nothing else to do, several invasive procedures are displayed. They are chosen according to their frequency in antiquity (fractures, war injuries) or today (cataracts, kidney  stones) and the curiosity of the procedure (trepanation, bloodletting). To illustrate the procedures, osteological material with traces of injury or surgery that suggest successful treatment is displayed. 

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