Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Edward Hand Medical Heritage Foundation

As part of our recent Traveling Herb Seminar we visited the Edward Hand Medical Heritage Foundation. This important resource is dedicated to preserving the history of the healing arts in Lancaster County, PA.

There are over 10,000 artifacts including books, pictures and assorted items all which are cataloged and used to create exhibits and displays which are loaned out to hospitals or available to view online via their virtual museum as well. 

While the EHMHF focuses on the rich healing arts of  Lancaster County, our interest was related to the many herbs that were used for healing in the 18th and 19th Century.

Many in our group felt that they had actually sat in this dentist chair!

Our tour was enriched by the knowledge of these retired physicians. Dr. Barton Halpern (L) presented an informative presentation on herbs and  Dr. Nikitas Zervanos (R) was our escort and host during the tour. Both remained on hand to discuss the collection as did the administrative assistant, Hannah Lerew. It was a very informative stop and a lovely way to round out our 18th Century Immersion Tour.

1 comment:

Marilyn Miller said...

I think I have bad memories of sitting in a chair such as that one.