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Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Virtual Talk: Collecting Rare Medical Artifacts on April 11

On Sunday, April 11, 2021, at 2 p.m. the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will present a virtual talk titled, Collecting Medical History by Dr. Donald Blaufox, Professor and University Chairman Emeritus of  the Department of Nuclear Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dr. Blaufox will share his obsession with collecting antique medical objects, a passion that started with old patent medicine bottles and evolved into the acquisition of over a thousand artifacts, some of which will be on display at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum.

Dr. Blaufox said: “Although reading about the history of medicine can be informative, the understanding of earlier times is greatly enhanced by being able to hold an object from that time in your hands.”

This lecture will take the audience through Dr. Blaufox’s entry into the field of medical antique collecting and demonstrate some of the more interesting artifacts he acquired over the years. It will also describe his metamorphosis into a Medical Historian.

“Antique medical instruments and objects provide a unique window into the past. The acquisition, identification and study of an object offer an insight into the practice of medicine and the general culture at the time it was introduced,” said Dr. Blaufox.

Dr. M. Donald Blaufox is the author of two hundred and ninety-two peer reviewed articles and book chapters on Nuclear Medicine, Hypertension and Medical History. In addition, he is Co-Editor Emeritus of the Seminars in Nuclear Medicine, past Chairman of the American Board of Nuclear Medicine and serves on several Editorial Boards in related fields. He has authored and edited twenty-five books and has ninety-six chapters in books, and reviews in textbooks and journals. His latest books are Blood Pressure Measurement: An Illustrated History, and An Ear to the Chest: An Illustrated History of the Evolution of the Stethoscope. His interest in medical history grew out of a major collection of antique medical instruments, books and related items.  You may learn more about the Blaufox Collection by visiting the website of the Museum of Historical Medical Artifacts: http://www.mohma.org/.

The Museum’s 2021 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown; LMMM’s Leadership Patrons: The Sealark Foundation; LMMM’s 2021 Season Distinguished Benefactors: The City of Norwalk and The Maurice Goodman Foundation; LMMM’s 2021 Distinguished Benefactors for Education: The Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Memorial Foundation, Inc.

Lecture Admission: The lecture admission is free, but we welcome donations to support the Museum’s cultural and educational programming during the Covid-19 crisis. To reserve tickets and for more information on schedules and programs please visit our website: lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 203-838-9799, ext. 4. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. 

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