The Scalpel and the Pen

Galton's Children

Physician, lecturer, novelist, inventor, historian, anatomist, humorist—and poet, professor, and autocrat of the breakfast-table—Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) has been called “the most successful combination which the world has ever seen of the physician and man of letters.”   This exhibit, The Scalpel and the Pen, takes its name from that idea and explores all the different sides of the personal and professional career, in both literature and medicine, of this true Boston original.


The Scalpel and the Pen is an exhibit curated by Jack Eckert and Dominic Hall for the Center for the History of Medicine. The online exhibit was created in OnView by Andra Langoussis in June 2013.