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Museum of Human Disease
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The Museum contains over 3,000 specimens (or "pots"), which display diseased human tissue at the macroscopic level preserved in formalin. Specimens are obtained both from organs removed surgically and from tissue obtained at autopsy, where the natural history of disease is in full view. Each specimen is numbered and is accompanied by a clinical history. Some specimens are over 60 years old and have become so rare, for example diphtheria, that they are irreplaceable. The Hall of Health and Museum Unit is dedicated to inspiring interest in personal and public health; promoting the understanding of medicine by providing access to resources, innovative exhibitions, educational programs as well as insight into the relevance of biomedical research; playing an important role in understanding of disease processes and disease prevention for UNSW students, health industry staff and the wider community.





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