Nov. 7, 2013
of Forensic Medicine
Kennedy Assassination Display Part of
- WHAT: Forensics experts peer into
microscopes to solve crimes almost nightly on television. How did forensic
medicine, which has revolutionized investigations, begin? The Texas Medical
Association (TMA) answers that and more with its new History of
Medicine exhibit, “Bugs, Bones, and Blood,” which examines
forensic medicine — the search for truth when someone dies suddenly or
Who knew that the first forensic report determining someone’s cause of
death was about Julius Caesar, 2,500 years ago? (The reporting physician
assessed a stab wound in Caesar’s chest — one of 23 wounds he suffered — that
killed him.) And few realize that Paul Revere was the first to use dental
records to identify a deceased person — after the Battle of Bunker Hill of the
“Bugs, Bones, and Blood” showcases stories like these in
chronicling the evolution of forensic medicine from 5,000 years ago to present day.
Investigative tools used in clinical pathology like autopsy, fingerprinting,
and use of DNA, which seem commonplace today, result from the work of forensic
The exhibit also examines two monumental events in Texas’ history: the Texas
City Disaster of 1947 — the worst industrial accident in American history — and
President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
The exhibit includes images and artifacts from the TMA Archives, as well as
contributions from the Blocker History of Medicine Collections, Moody Medical
Library, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; Moore Memorial
Library in Texas City; The Sherlock Holmes Society of Austin; the Texas
Department of Public Safety Historical Museum, Austin; the Dallas Public
Library; and UT Southwestern Library Archives, Dallas.
- WHEN: Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm (except holidays) through October 2014 for self-guided tours. Admission is free.
To schedule a guided group tour, email Betsy Tyson,
TMA Knowledge Center archivist and exhibits coordinator, or call (512) 370-1552.
- WHERE: TMA building, 401 W. 15th St.,
TMA History of Medicine Gallery, First Floor
TMA is the largest state medical society in the
nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It
is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the
state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.
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