Visitors to Jerusalem’s Tower of David Museum can see a new exhibit entitled “Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis.” The show, which touches on the thousands of years of life in the city through the perspective of medical milestones, begins with Kings David and Hezekiah and goes to the modern histories of Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Hadassah Hospital.
The wide-ranging presentation recounts everything from cures used in Biblical times and how plagues and sickness have impacted the course of history, to how the status of Jerusalem as a holy city has always attracted travelers and pilgrims, including those who required medical services and others who established clinics and hospitals. Artifacts on display include historical photos, an x-ray machine from the 1920s, the door knocker from the Order of St. John’s Hospital and record books from Shaare Zedek.
The former Bikur Cholim Hospital, which was established in 1826 in the Old City and is today Shaare Zedek’s “City Center Campus,” and Shaare Zedek, which opened its doors in 1902, have played a key role in the health care of Jerusalem’s diverse population and are an important part of the exhibition which is spread throughout the Citadel.
Shaare Zedek Medical Center thanks Tower of David Museum for their praise for our work. We are proud of the contributions to medicine that our institution has made and continues to make and are honored to be part of this exhibit.
The show will run to April 2015.