Know Your Enemy — The Museum of Human Disease

Derek Williamson from the Museum of Human Disease joins us for an anatomy lesson with a difference. Using photographs and actual human tissue specimens from the museum’s collection, we will learn about ‘our enemy’ — human disease — and the effect of disease on our bodies. Listed as one of the world’s 10 weirdest museums, the Museum of Human Disease contains over 3,000 human tissue specimens, with examples of both infectious and non-infectious diseases. Some of the infectious diseases on display, such as diphtheria and typhoid, are now quite rare in Australia due to vaccination and public health programs. Other infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis and HIV, still remain killers in the community. Non-infectious diseases may be caused by genetic or lifestyle factors, or a combination of both. The museum’s collection includes both inherited and congenital diseases, allowing us to see how lifestyle choices can have drastic effects on the body.


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