Pioneer Physicians: The Infancy of Modern Medicine

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Pioneer Physicians is a permanent exhibit, opened in 2019 in the space where Dr. Sylvester Willard operated an in-home medical practice in the 1850s.

The exhibit unpacks the history of 19th century medicine through the objects and archival records of the Cayuga County Medical Society.


Explore the cabinet in Dr. Willard’s dispensary!

What is familiar?

What has changed in the world of medicine?