Mudimed: the digital museum on the history of the scientific method in medicine

The first digital museum dedicated to the history of the scientific method in medicine was born. Mudimed was promoted by Novartis Italy and from Ministry of culture, with the participation of the Ministry of University and Research and the technological support of Google Arts & Culture. To give depth to the research and exhibition work is also the presence of a scientific Committee which brings together directors and directors of the great Italian museums, completed by a pool of narrators composed of internationally renowned researchers, scientists and popularizers: Arnaldo Colasanti, Barbara Gallavotti, Andrea Grignolio, Paolo Mazzarello, Guido Silvestri and the coordinator Giuliano Volpe.

The goal of Mudimed is to make available, in digital format, some of the most significant and evocative works of the cultural heritage of our country, works that represent fundamental stages in the evolution of the scientific method.

A path that crosses the history of humanity, from theurgic medicine to the most recent achievements of frontier medicine, through archaeological finds, artifacts, literary works, paintings.

Some of the most prestigious museum and library institutions from our country have made their main works in digital format. Collecting them, Mudimed proposes an innovative approach to story of the scientific method in medicine, through an original and engaging language, which accompanies a path suggestive ma strict, in which scientific innovation and medical science are intertwined with humanistic culture and art.

Inside at the moment there are two main sections: one dedicated to telling the purpose of the project and the scientific committee and the other – the most important – with the museum itself, through a series of auteur video clips that tell some of the great themes: the theurgic medicine and magical-religious that dates back to the most ancient phases of human history, the visions of suffering through the eyes of artists, musicians, writers and historians, the development ofanatomy and that of surgery through the numerous tools found in the excavations, up to the modern medicine with its progress, its challenges and its goals.

“We want to bring young people closer to science, build a knowledge society, develop antibodies against mistrust and fear to make our future better – writes the managing director of Niovartis, Pasquale Frega – this is our ambition with the launch of Mudimed, the first Digital Museum of the History of the Scientific Method in Medicine promoted by Novartis Italy and the Ministry of Culture, with the participation of MIUR and Research and the technological support of #Google Arts & Culture. speaking of a virtual space, within reach of smartphones, where science and art meet to make accessible the tools and challenges of medicine that have been part of our history. An innovative way, born in collaboration with the institutions, to promote science literacy and bridge the gap between citizens, especially among the young, and the scientific world often due to a lack of knowledge. with the “Science to live” initiative and which today sees another important piece added, of which I am very proud. Let this great new adventure begin!

In the first digital room of the museum open to the public (waiting for the visit to expand) they have already been collected 19 works from cultural institutions of our country such as the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, the Museum of the History of Medicine of La Sapienza, the Museum and Real Bosco di Capodimonte and the National Central Library of Rome. To which is added the aforementioned digital space Arts & Culture by Google. And among the works, it ranges from terracotta artifacts of the excavations of Pompeii, when medicine was mainly devotion and prayer, up to the frescoes of the seventeenth century on the most important epidemic of the past, up to the finds that testify to the first ones surgical interventions. To then get to modernity and topicality, between vaccinations and the frontiers of modern pharmacology.

Thus, it ranges from terracotta ex voto from the Archaic period to portable kit of drugs from the Baroque period, from the famous portrait of Aeneas wounded to the reproduction of the surprising Oplomoclion, an orthopedic instrument of the sixteenth century with the function of a corset to correct deformities of the spine and limbs, but also a synoptic table of all the prostheses then available.

Even the very choice of the Mudimed logo has a meaning: it is inspired by the theory of the four humors that would govern the human body (yellow bile, black bile, phlegm and blood), theorized for the first time by Hippocrates in the fifth century BC, then expanded by Galen.


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