A Guide to the Museum

At the Museum of the Appendix I have tried to create an interesting and interactive experience for visitors. I like museums! I like wandering room to room. I especially like museum guides which give me a sense of the possibilities of each room. While I won't necessarily avoid the room of pre-Columbian Aztec pottery, I might put it towards the end of the day "if I have time" after concentrating on the Monet room. De gustibus non est disputandum.

So…Our Rooms. Each thumbnail (I like the Smithsonian guides small pictures of each room) is a hyperlink to that room. Have fun!

I have divided the Appendicitis museum into four exhibit halls, plus the entry hallway from which you have just come. Each hall is well interconnected with links, and usually clicking on a picture will take you somewhere interesting. You can click to the left to go back to the entry hallway.

The John B. Murphy Memorial Hall

The Diagnosis of Appendicitis

murphy hall

Dr. John B. Murphy was an American Surgeon from Chicago. He was an expert diagnostician, and described many of the physical signs of abdominal disease, including "Murphy's sign" used to diagnose inflammation of the gallbladder. Click on Dr. Murphy to see our exhibits on how appendicitis is diagnosed, to see if you might have appendicitis, and to learn about the efforts to educate the public about the disease.

The John Hunter Memorial Hall

The Anatomy and Physiology of the Appendix

hunter hall

In the John Hunter Memorial Hall, we honor Dr. John Hunter, the "Father of Modern Surgery." Dr. Hunter insisted that surgeons possess a profound knowledge of anatomy and physiology acquired through dissection and experimentations. Because of his passion, the appendicitis museum is proud to have an extensive array of exhibits on the anatomy and physiology of the appendix in John Hunter Hall. In Hunter Hall, you can learn what the appendix does, how it does it, and whether it will be missed once it's gone. Click the image to go to Hunter Hall.

The Sir Frederick Treves Memorial Hall

The Surgery of the Appendix

treves hall

Sir Frederick Treves is little known today outside of the U.K. except for his care of the "elephant man," for which he was played in the eponymous movie by Anthony Hopkins (which is, in itself cool). Mr. Treves was a profoundly busytechnical surgeon at the dawn of technical surgery of the abdomen. He was also an anatomist, and was the first man in England to perform a planned appendectomy for appendicitis. In Treves' honor, this portion of the appendicitis museum is devoted to the technical aspects of surgery on the appendix. You will be able to see an appendectomy done. We even have an old link to an early computer game where you can remove an appendix yourself. Click the photo to visit Treves Hall.

The Reginald Fitz Memorial Hall

The History of the appendix

Fitz Hall

Reginald Fitz was an American Pathologist at Harvard in Boston, who first described acute appendicitis as a disease in 1886. Yes, you read correctly, appendicitis was only described in 1886. The appendix was thought to be vestigial, useless, and therefore incapable of producing disease before then. In Fitz Hall we have exhibits on the history of appendicits and the appendix, with some very interesting estories of appendicitis in history, including the surgeon who removed his own. Click on the picture to the left to go to Fitz Hall.

We hope you enjoy appendicitis.pro, the world's only virtual online museum of the appendix.

Wombat GI tract

The wombat GI tract and Appendix, (1886), Sir Frederick Treves, watercolor and pencil