The International Museum of Surgical Science, a division of the International College of Surgeons (ICS), maintains over 10,000 square feet of public galleries committed to the history of surgery, and an exquisite permanent collection of art and artifacts from the history of medicine.
Begin your tour here, in the Hall of Immortals! It’s on the second floor of the Museum, to the left as you come up the stairs. These larger-than-life statues were first commissioned for the surgeon's "Hall of Fame" by Dr. Max Thorek, the founder of the International College of Surgeon and Museum. Each statue represents an important figure in Western medical history. Can you find Hippocrates, close to the entrance? Where have you heard the name “Hippocrates” before? Most people associate him with the Hippocratic Oath, which is written on the scroll he’s holding. The Oath required a new physician to swear to uphold ethical standards in their practice, and to always put the patient first, above the science of the procedures.
As you walk around the room, you’ll see that the statues hold clues to the medical accomplishments of the people they depict. Take a look at the statue of Vesalius, to the left of the fireplace--can you guess his medical accomplishments without reading the label? Watch the video below to learn more about Vesalius and his predecessor, Galen.