Things of Beauty: Scientific Instruments of Yore

For more than 30 years, Steve Erenberg has collected early scientific and medical objects and instruments. Packed with shelves and displays brimming with Victorian medical masks, surreal anatomical models, and futuristic test prostheses, Erenberg’s store/museum in Peekskill, New York offers a whirlwind tour of long-forgotten devices. While some items were shams devised by quacks, others represent the best possible treatment for their time. Regardless of its actual function, each item in Erenberg’s collection has a unique aesthetic value.


Produced by Luke Groskin
Music by Audio Network
Additional stills by Dr. James Law and John Lodge Courtesy Wellcome Library CC BY 4.0

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