Pauls Stradins Museum for history of medicine

Pauls Stradiņš Museum of the History of Medicine to Reopen on May 19

The Pauls Stradiņš Museum of the History of Medicine is pleased to report that in accordance with amendments to the Republic of Latvia's emergency situation, as proclaimed by the Cabinet of Ministers, as well as with a protocol from the Ministry of Culture, it will reopen to visitors on Tuesday, May 19.

The exhibition "Did You Wash Your Hands?"

Plague, smallpox, cholera, dysentery, tuberculosis, Spanish flu, bird flu and now also the new coronavirus SARS-CoV2.  Causes for diseases are all around us, and human history shows that the dirtier the surroundings of people, the more dangerous were the diseases which stormed through communities.  More and more people died.  Medieval cities could be smelled before they were seen.  Washing was seen as harmful, and those who washed their hands before meals could find themselves in the clutches of the Holy Inquisition because that suggested that they were not Roman Catholics.