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Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM)

Medical Collection

Welcome to the Medical Collection of the University of Zurich

The University of Zurich’s Medical Collection is one of the most significant in Europe. More than 20’000 objects are currently being inventoried and prepared for scientific research. The collection focuses on medical instruments and equipment for diagnosis and therapy.

The Zurich collection’s high coverage of the 19th century and exemplary pieces from the 17th and 18th centuries set it apart from other similar collections. The surgical, obstetrical, ophthalmological and orthopaedic subcollections are especially extensive. Further highlights include instruments and equipment used for research and surgery by important doctors of the University of Zurich and the surrounding region, as well as devices and remedies used in alternative medicine.

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Human Remains Collection

The IEM holds the following collections in dedicated special specimen storage rooms at Irchel Campus: Galler Collection, Dahlheim Collection, Wet Specimen Collection IEM UZH and other Collections. For more information about these collections click here:

Human Remains Collection


Medical Collection
Institute of Evolutionary Medicine
University of Zurich

Furtbachstrasse 22  
CH - 8107 Buchs ZH

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