Online Exhibition - The Universal Condition: Enduring and Alleviating Pain

Sunday, Aug 2, 2020


Nearly every human being experiences pain at some point in life. “The Universal Condition” examines issues in the perception of pain and chronicle medicine’s quest to relieve it, from the ancient use of psychoactive plants to contemporary laser therapy, focusing on milestones such as the discovery of anesthesia. Case studies will provide an in-depth look at some common pain syndromes, explaining their causes and available treatments.

Featured in the exhibit are historical artifacts from the Museum’s extensive collection, including trephined skulls, 19th-century anesthesia inhalers, and packaging for patent medicines containing opium, cannabis, and belladonna. The exhibit also showcases products and innovations in use today for the control of acute and chronic pain.

Communication Breakdown: Expressing Pain

Pain as Energy Imbalance: Traditional Treatments

Mapping the Pathways of Pain

Materia Medica: Painkilling Plants

What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Stronger

What a Gas!

From the Battlefield to the Operating Room

Moving Toward Modern Anesthesia

Suffering in Vain?

The Birth of the Pain Industry

Better Living Through Chemistry

Mind Over Matter

The Therapeutic Spectrum

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