Cadaver Laboratory Photograph Collection

The Country Doctor Museum Manuscript Collection, CD01.124
The Country Doctor Museum
Physical description
0.374 Cubic Feet
Preferred Citation
Cadaver Laboratory Photograph Collection (CD01.124), The Country Doctor Museum, at The William E. Laupus Health Science Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
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Photographs of medical school cadaver laboratories.

Biographical/historical information

In the eighteenth century, medical education shifted from students viewing their professor dissecting bodies to dissecting bodies themselves. By doing so, medical students learned more about anatomy and the experience helped them come to terms with death. When photography came along in 1839, medical students and professors could document their work, resulting in cadaver laboratory photograph.

Scope and arrangement

The collection contains two cadaver laboratory photographs. One is a photograph from the Medical College of Virginia, dated 1917 March 20 and the other is a photograph from Vanderbilt University, dated 1918 April 20. Both photographs belonged to and feature Dr. Claude A. Adams Jr.

Administrative information
Custodial History

2019 January 30: two photographs. Purchased by The Country Doctor Museum.

Source of acquisition

Purchased by The Country Doctor Museum

Processing information

Processed by Layne Carpenter, 2019

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Language of material


Related material

Related artifacts held at The Country Doctor Museum, Bailey, North Carolina.

Container list
Oversize Folder 3 Oversize Folder 5 Folder 1 Medical College of Virginia Cadaver Laboratory Photograph, 1917 March 20
Oversize Folder 3 Oversize Folder 5 Folder 2 Vanderbilt University Cadaver Laboratory Photograph, 1918 April 20