It can be found by the Hospital of Santo Spirito in Saxia, precisely in the wing of the hospital dating XVII century, now turned into the Academy of Health-Care and museum.
Besides artworks and paintings related to the medical line of job, the museum offers a huge collection of medical tools and instruments from various ages, wax models, anatomical preparations and a disturbing collection of "oddities" mostly related to fetal malformations (I'm not sharing pictures of them in this post for a sense of decency) and the effects of infective diseases like the syphilis on the skeletal structure.
There are also the reconstructions of an ancient pharmacy and a chemical-alchemical laboratory from the XVII century, that are a real joy to explore in every little detail!
If you're not easily impressed and curious enough, then, feel free to follow this walk of mine along the mysterious halls of this peculiar museum.
The first hall that we find once inside is called Alexandrine Hall, and it's now mostly dedicated to meetings and conventions.
Its walls are decorated by rather suggestive artworks:
The oil paintings came from the collection of Guglielmo Riva (1626-1677), famous anatomist and surgeon of the Roman Hospital of Consolazione.
The painting on wood featuring a man exposing his Lymphatic system (focusing on chyle conducts) is called "Microcosm", and the author is unknown.
Main feature of the hall, though, are the busts of the phisicists, most prominent is that of Hyppocrates:
The second hall of this walk is the Sala Flajani that hosts an impressive collection of wax models and anatomical preparations, some of them coming straight from your worst nightmares...
These, for example, are wax ex voto dating the Roman ages, used to give their thanks for healing or to prevent certain sickness:
Here's the decorated horn of a narvalus with its case, at the time passed of as the horn of an unicorn:
Passing on, we enter the Carbonelli Hall.
The most important features of this hall are the model of the Sistine Ward, a primitive model of the Hospital of Santo Spirito, showing how the place looked back in the XIV century:
Other artifacts that caught my attention were these dental plates dating from the XVIII to the XIX century, and the collection of medical degrees and dispensaries:
A special feature is this preparation featuring the neural system, created by Luigi Raimondi in 1844:
A special mention for the various machines featured in this hall-- Here are pictures of a machine for anaesthetic dating 1914, a machine for elecroshock, and a machine used to check the blood pressure:
Dulcis in fundo, the reconstructions of the pharmacy and the laboratory!
Here are a few shots of the pharmacy:
From this picture you can see how the laboratory and the pharmacy were connected:
Once I was done with the museum, I went out to take a peek at the Sistine Ward, of which I just showed you the scale model of Carbonelli Hall:
It was installed in 1198, after Papa Innocenzo III found himself afflicted by recurring nightmares involving the crying souls of the unwanted children left to drown in the Tiber by their desperate mothers.
The "Wheels" were completely abolished in 1923 by the Fascist Government that took care of the issue with a decree setting precise rules for the assistence of the abandoned children, but even today, the habit of leaving newborns by hospitals to grant them assistence is still quite common.