Forensics experts peer into microscopes to solve crimes almost nightly on television. How did forensic medicine, which has revolutionized investigations, begin? Find out with a visit to TMA's newest History of Medicine exhibit, "Bugs, Bones, and Blood," which examines forensic medicine — the search for truth when someone dies suddenly or mysteriously.
Who knew that the first forensic report determining someone's cause of death was about Julius Caesar 2,500 years ago? (The reporting physician identified 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 teeth to identify a deceased person — after the Battle of Bunker Hill of the American Revolution.
"Bugs, Bones, and Blood" chronicles the evolution of forensic medicine from 5,000 years ago to present day. The exhibit includes 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.
KEYE TV reporter Fred Cantu interviewed Betsy Tyson, TMA archives and exhibit assistant, in May about TMA’s “Bugs, Bones, and Blood” exhibit. The segment highlights components of the exhibit, including the Texas City Disaster, which killed nearly 600 people when a boat carrying ammonium-nitrate exploded in the city in 1947.
The exhibit, located in the History of Medicine Gallery on the first floor of the TMA building, is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.
Action, March 3, 2014