Warren’s 1812 collections highlighted online and at the USS Constitution Museum

By , December 23, 2012

Partial mandible of a British officer on the Guerriere lost from gunshot wound, Warren Anatomical Museum, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine

The Warren Anatomical Museum is loaning two osteological preparations from its collections to the USS Constitution Museum for their approaching exhibition on the battles the famed ship fought with the British frigates Java and Guerriere during the War of 1812. The long-term exhibition will be opening on December 29, 2012 and the Warren collections will be on display for at least the following year. More about the USS Constitution Museum’s exhibits can be found here.

Both preparations were originally from the teaching collection of the Boston Society of Medical Improvement, which was transferred to the Warren Museum circa 1870. WAM 05110 [pictured here] is the mandible of a British sailor wounded in the HMS Guerriere’s engagement with the Constitution on June 18, 1812. The second loaned preparation, WAM 05212,  is that of a partial femur from a sailor injured in the December 29, 1812 battle between the Constitution and the HMS Java. The sailor had his leg amputated at sea after the engagement  but required a secondary surgery eight months later at the Marine Hospital at Charlestown. It was then that the exhibited fragment was removed.

The Warren Museum holds several other medical cases from the War of 1812 from the Boston Society for Medical Improvement. These were all recently re-catalogued as part of the Museum’s ongoing inventory project. In conjunction with the loan to USS Constitution Museum and to highlight the bicentennial of the beginning of the War of 1812, the Museum created an online exhibition entitled Naval Medicine and the War of 1812. This exhibit displays all of the Warren’s War of 1812 osteology collections. 

2 Responses to “Warren’s 1812 collections highlighted online and at the USS Constitution Museum”

  1. Adam @ LMS says:

    its an amazing exhibition, i learned so much from my visit.

  2. Dominic Hall says:

    Thanks, Adam.

    I’m glad you enjoyed your visit.

    Dominic, Warren Museum

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