Thailand's Strangest Medical Museum

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Thailand's Strangest Medical Museum

Post by Kung-fu Hillbilly » Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:55 am


By Adam Ramsey

First, it’s full of cadavers. Which, granted, isn’t so strange for a medical museum. Most are graying fetuses — deformed, diseased, conjoined — floating in stacked jars of formaldehyde. Yet unlike its clean-cut, perhaps more discerning European counterparts, this museum has an ethereal quality due to its age — there’s something more real about the bodies on display.

In another room, the browned body of the infamous Thai serial child-killer and cannibal Zee Oui stands in a glass cabinet, his sunken eyes closed for eternity.

And although the Siriraj museum has parasitology and pathology sections, it’s definitely not the famed Royal London Hospital Museum. The forensic and anatomical sections on the other hand, while short on the artistry of Gunther von Hagens’ “Body Worlds” exhibit, do not fall short in inspiring awe.

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