BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo will open to the
public some of its most unique collections, including what's
believed to be the nation's only museum dedicated exclusively to
the human brain.
Collections of items such as medical books from the Middle Ages,
Colonial-era dentures, tonics, potions and, of course, human brains
will be on view from 4-7 p.m. on Oct. 24 in the following museums
and collections on UB's South Campus:
-- The Museum of Neuroanatomy (AKA Brain Museum) -- Located in
the Biomedical Education Building, the collection features stunning
displays of the most complex and mysterious organ found in humans:
brains. Built in 1994, the museum is an educational tool for
everyone, from kindergartners to neurosurgery students.
-- The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Apothecary
and Historical Collections -- Located in Kapoor Hall, UB's newly
revamped $62 million gem, this collection includes artifacts that
date back to the 18th century. Highlights include cigarettes once
used to cure asthma and hair-growing tonic from Lockport's famous
-- The Museum of Radiology and Medical Physics -- Located in the
Abbott Hall (Health Sciences Library), this collection features
several hundred items including World War II era portable X-ray
unit and original gas X-ray tubes.
-- The Robert L. Brown History of the Health Sciences Collection
-- Located in Abbott Hall, this collection includes rare books
dating back to 1493 and more than 200 medical instruments from
Roman times to the late 20th century.
-- The George W. Ferry Dental Museum (note: this collection will
be open from 4-6 p.m.) -- Located in Squire Hall, this collection
includes a replica of a dentist's office, circa 1900, a set of
ivory-carved dentures from the 17th century and other dental
In addition, UB will host a panel discussion from 6:45-7:45 p.m.
in the Roswell Park Room in the Health Sciences Library about the
importance of the history of medicine for medical humanities,
changing trends in psychiatry and other topics. The discussion will
feature faculty members from the UB Department of History: James
Bono, PhD, associate professor; and Michael Rembis, PhD, and David
Herzberg, PhD, assistant professors.
Visitors will not need a parking permit, and are advised to park
in the Diefendorf lot, located off Sherman Road. Note: Sherman Road
is off Bailey Avenue, near the Veterans Administration hospital.
For maps of UB's South Campus and further instructions about
parking, visit: http://www.buffalo.edu/buildings.
Visitors wishing to attend the discussion are encouraged to RSVP
by contacting Linda Lohr (829-5737, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Keith
Mages (829-5737, email@example.com) in the
Robert L. Brown History of Health Sciences Collection.