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Mütter Museum - College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 S 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The museum's holdings include the conjoined liver and plaster torso death cast of the famous Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker.
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The Mütter Museum is a medical museum in Center City Philadelphia. It contains a collection of medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment. The museum is part of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. It boasts a collection of over 20,000 specimens, of which about 13 percent are on display. This does not include the large literary collection contained within the Historical Medical Library, which is also housed within the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The original purpose of the collection, donated by Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter in 1858, was for biomedical research and education.
Gretchen Worden (1947–2004) remains perhaps the best known person associated with the Mütter Museum. She joined the museum staff as a curatorial assistant in 1975, became the museum's curator in 1982 and its director in 1988. Worden was a frequent guest on the Late Show with David Letterman, "displaying a mischievous glee as she frightened him with human hairballs and wicked-looking Victorian surgical tools, only to disarm him with her antic laugh," according to a New York Times story. After her death, the Mütter Museum opened a gallery in her memory.
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