National Medical Museum to Feature Civil War Medicine and Human Anatomy at USA Science & Engineering Festival

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Silver Spring, Md., April 18, 2012: Civil War-era amputations and human anatomy will be featured as part of the National Museum of Health and Medicine"s exhibit at the upcoming 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival, set to take place April 28-29, 2012 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

"As the nation"s medical museum, it"s our mission to inspire an interest in medicine through its history," said Adrianne Noe, NMHM director. "As we"re on the verge of our 150th anniversary, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share our exhibits, programs and collections with the throngs attending the Festival."

NMHM will feature "Blood, Guts and Glory" at its SciFest booth (#3039): "From the bloody fields of the Civil War to the arid deserts of Iraq, military medicine has driven many innovations that have impacted both military and civilian life. Discover the inner workings of the human body and the technologies used to advance military medicine. Specimens and artifacts from the Museum's Historical and Anatomical Collections will demonstrate how the body functions and how we treat disease and injury. Images from the Museum's vast photographic archive will illuminate also advances in modern medicine."

NMHM recently participated in another component of the Science Festival: anatomical curator Franklin Damann represented the Museum among the SciFest"s exclusive "Nifty Fifty (times 2!)" speaker series. Damann, a forensic anthropologist with experience in forensic field investigations, shared a first-person account of what he encountered while working in the field during a talk at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

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