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Gallbladder

About This Item

Title

Gallbladder

Subject

Gallbladder Diseases
Gallstones
Cholecystolithiasis

Description

The Mütter Museum is one of the very few historical anatomical museums that still occasionally accepts donations of body parts if they are appropriate for the collection. In recent years, staff and their family members have provided several specimens.

In order to obtain one specimen, a staff member had to first persuade the surgeon to let her keep her husband’s gallbladder after surgery for gallstones. Gallstones (hardened, pebble-like deposits of digestive fluid) are common, affecting about 12% of the U.S. population, but require surgical removal only if they cause pain or fever.

The staff member left instructions for the pathology department not to “slice and dice” the organ too much during their analysis. They thought her request was quite unusual, but they honored it. She picked up the gallbladder the next day and brought it back to the Museum.

Information on donating human biological specimens to the Mütter Museum can be found at this FAQ.

Publisher

Digitized by the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Date

2013

Type

StillImage

Identifier

2013.10.1

Coverage

21st Century

Original Format

Human tissue, glass jars, preserving fluid

Citation

“Gallbladder,” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed May 16, 2021, https://www.cppdigitallibrary.org/items/show/2616.