Virtual Talk: Collecting Rare Medical Artifacts

April 11

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:

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:, email or call 203-838-9799, ext. 4. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark.


Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
295 West Ave.
Norwalk, CT 06850
United States




(203) 838-9799

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