Having gathered his own collection and the donations from some of his contemporaries, the Surgery Professor Dr. Guillermo Bosch Arana inaugurated the "Surgery Historical Museum" ("Museo Histórico de Cirugía") in 1934. He had many valuable pieces, among which we find 25 remarkable surgery boxes of a French origin -which date from 1872 and belonged to the Argentinian physician Martín Llavallol -as well as the surgical equipment belonging to some of the most important innovators of Argentinian medicine, such as the physicians Ignacio Pirovano (who promoted antisepsis in our country), Cecilia Grierson (the first woman doctor in Argentina), Juan B. Justo, who actually introduced asepsis by using an autoclave for sterilization (and was also the founder of the Argentinian Socialist Party), and Nicolás Repetto (Justo's outstanding disciple, both in medicine and in politics). This museum was transferred to the Institute and Chair of History of Medicine when the latter was created in 1936-1937, and its name was changed to "Museum of Medical History" ("Museo de Historia de la Medicina"); in 1962 it was named "Vicente Aníbal Risolía" after a remarkable researcher of the Institute.

          Text on Surgery.1788                    Stethoscope c. 1895

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