Pauls Stradins Museum for history of medicine

The Scalpel and the Fountain Pen

The Pauls Stradiņš Museum of the History of Medicine is proud to announce the opening of a new exhibition on December 11, 2019 -- "The Scalpel and the Fountain Pain," which focuses on doctors and other people from the medical profession who were also writers or poets.  Visitors will learn all about the emotional and existential adventures of these people, but also about links between people and governing regimes and the destiny of countries.

A doctor or medical professional represents more than his or her profession.  He or she can also be known for extensive creative work.  This has been true since ancient times, when doctors could also be artists, writers, philosophers, inventors and researchers.

The curators of this exhibition have identified 64 medical professionals in Latvia who published literary works -- 41 doctors, two dentists, two pharmacists, five nurses, three psychologists, seven medical or pharmaceutical students who never completed their studies, as well as two medical assistants and two sanitary workers.  The exhibition focuses on the best-known people from this list -- Miervaldis Birze, Jānis Klīdzējs, Ārija Elksne, Jānis Liepiņš and Vilis Derums.

The exhibition will remain open until March 29, 2020.

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