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Rare exhibits for medics in museum

The proposed museum at the new medical college, Vardhaman Ayurvigyan Sansthan in Pawapuri (Nalanda), would have rare exhibits like a real brain, heart and a baby inside a mother’s womb.

Though Medical Council of India rules say such exhibits are a must at medical colleges, the condition of exhibits in some medical colleges leave a lot to be desired. Sources said the state government is going to spend Rs 1.82 crore to develop museums in the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pathology departments of Vardhaman Ayurvigyan Sansthan. Funds have already been sanctioned, sources said.

“A notification regarding this was issued on Tuesday. The four proposed museums would be developed as per Medical Council of India’s rules. Such museums help medics get an insight into their subject,” said a senior official of the health department.

The official said: “The anatomy museum would house dissected portions of heart and brain, horse-shoe kidney — an abnormal condition in which two kidneys fuse to form a horseshoe shape (See chart). The physiology museum would house things not in use today, like forearm plethysmograph, which was used to measure blood flow and portable carbon dioxide apparatus for measuring air quality.”

The biochemistry museum would house models of RNA and DNA among other things while the pathology museum would have instruments not in use today.

The Patna Medical College and Hospital, too, has anatomy and physiology museums, but, sources say, these are not in very good condition. “The anatomy and physiology museums of PMCH are very old and have some rare exhibits but the condition of both museums is not very good. Many exhibits and samples at the anatomy department have gone missing but nobody has managed to trace them. The condition of the physiology museum, too, is no good,” said a senior faculty member of PMCH on the condition of anonymity

He said: “Among the rare exhibits at PMCH’s anatomy museum is the skeleton of a primitive person who roamed the earth 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. The anatomy museum was built around 1930 and due to poor upkeep its condition has deteriorated.”