International Museum of Surgical Science

Museum in Gold Coast

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Amputation saws, iron lungs and other early tools of the trade are strewn throughout this creaky mansion. The ancient Roman vaginal speculum leaves a lasting impression, while the pointy-ended hemorrhoid surgery instruments serve as a reminder to eat lots of fiber. The collection of ‘stones’ (as in ‘kidney-’ and ‘gall-') and bloodletting displays look equally painful.

Medical art gets its due here, too, from a life-size, toga-clad sculpture of Hippocrates to a roomful of cadaver murals (available as postcards in the gift shop).