The medical collection comprises more than 10,000 exhibits, mainly from the period since 1900, representing activities, treatments, inventions, and objects from everyday hospital life. A small exhibition in Atrium 3 of the Swiss Institute for Translational and Enterpreneurial Medicine (sitem-insel) currently provides insights into this diverse collection.
Two showcases contain objects on the history of osteosynthesis and of medical care. A special eye-catcher: the operating table developed by the Bernese surgeon Fritz de Quervain in 1912. The international bestseller was the starting point of a successful cooperation between the Inselspital and Schaerer AG.
The exhibition is framed by works by René Fendt and Roland Adatte, both loans from the art collection of the Inselspital. As a visual link Fendt's "Bildmaterial" and Adatte's "Gefässe", each in their own formal language, refer to the objects shown in the two display cases.
In future, the medical collection will be regularly presented with smaller pop-up exhibitions at sitem-insel. Under the title "Translating Medical History", historical case studies and concrete exhibits will be used to highlight the complex processes of exchange and translation between research and application.
The current exhibition will closed on 26 January 2022 by the learn@lunch lecture by Professor Dr. med. Hubert Steinke, Institute for Medical History at the University of Berne and Director of the Digital Medical Museum Berne. on the topic of "Translating medical history: significance of looking back."
For more information on the collection and the history of medicine, visit the digital museum.