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Guide to Collections Relating to the History of Artificial Internal Organs


Medicinhistoriska Museet (Museum of Medical History)


The St. Lars Park, Lund
Box 907, 220 09 Lund, Sweden


+ 46 (0)46 15 17 39

Fax Number

+ 46 (0)46 15 18 72


Contact Person

Pia Michelsen, Director


Access and Services

Researchers should make an appointment to study the collections and archives or to use the library. Requests for information and access to the collections are through the Director.

Museum hours are Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m to 3 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m to 3 p.m. (except June-August and December). Guided tours are provided.


The Medical History Museum is one of two museums in Scania that provide information about medical history, administer and attend the collections, keep them available for visitors, and develop exhibits according to prevailing prescriptions. Both the collections and the library belong to the largest and finest within the medical museums of Sweden. Due to economical problems and lack of adequate staff members as well as severe shortcomings in the collection catalogues, it is not possible for the museum to offer detailed assistance to researchers for the time being. An investigation is ongoing to find valid political and economic solutions to the problems of the museum.



Museum of Medical History Collection, circa 1800 to present day, especially the period 1920-1970

Collection ID


About 20,000 artifacts

Biographical Note

The idea of a medical history museum originated in the early 1960s at which time the gathering of artifacts began. The museum was founded in 1985 and in 1992 merged with the Psychiatric Museum of the S:t Lars Mental Hospital (founded in 1979).

Collection Description

The collection consists of about 20,000 objects complementing the library's 30,000 volumes, a minor paper archives, a photo archives, and a small collection of oil paintings, busts and statuettes, etc. The collections consist primarily of three large collections - the medical collection concerning somatic topics, the psychiatric collection of S:t Lars Mental Hospital and the Vipeholm collection for the mentally retarded. There are also several older collections on special topics such as pharmacology, anatomy, etc. the museum still receives valuable objects and book donations.

Collection items relating to the history of artificial organs include:

  • Dialysis equipment including models and prototypes;
  • ECG including prototypes and a series of ECG machines from Rune Elmqvist, Lund University Hospital
  • Ultra-sound for heart examination presented by the first echo cardiograph (ultraschallimpulsgerat)
  • Pacemaker equipment from ca. 1960 and forward
  • Heart-lung machine with additional equipment, ca. 1960

Finding Aid

Consult with Director.


Consult with Director.

Related Material

Library available for researchers; Consult with Director