Grin and Diana

Our travels around the world

Académie de Médecine + Musée de l'Assistance Publique

The most surprising thing I learned is that it wasn't until after the revolution that doctors worked in hospitals. A hospital (derivation: hospitality) was just a place for the sick and the homeless to go when they had nowhere else to turn. There were no treatments even attempted, and really disease just spread there. After the revolution, religion had less power and it was not as sacrilegious to dissect the dead. So doctors finally went to hospitals out of scientific interest.

Académie de Médecine.  We were given a tour by the equivalent of a former surgeon general.  He talked a lot about overseeing redecorations of this room. 42807787-book1 42807812-book2 42807822-book_3 This is one of the earliest anatomy books - I wish I had been taking notes on the titles and authors.  It was huge.  The skeleton leaning on a staff is apparently a highly reproduced image. Musée de l'Assistance Publique: Another sweet ceiling with lizards. One of the first copper plates printed in color (yes, of scrotum).  The artist had an exceptional ability to break an image down into component colors and was the first person to use the technique. Musée de l'Assistance Publique.  They oppened this back up for our tour despite the fact that it closed in June to be moved to a new location and reopened in 2016.  France is selling the building (basically across the street from Notre Dame) for 60 million euros. Musée de l'Assistance Publique: The oldest painted ceiling in Paris. The first x-rays done in France. A doctor's toolbox.  They had a lot of early equipment and also a collection of stones and minerals and herbs and animal parts that were used for various ailments.  Undoubtedly the slim minority worked better than placebo, but you have to start somewhere! Random wall and sculpture I liked. And a random square off of a tiny pedestrian only street that I couldn't find on my map. Fontaine St-Michel La Seine A first glimpse of Notre Dame