MUSEUM SPECIMEN COLLECTIONS




MUSEUM SPECIMEN COLLECTIONS

The four principle collections hold both historical and current disease conditions spanning from the 1940’s to the present day. The specimens are anonymized but are accompanied by a brief description of the clinical presentation and/ or pathological findings.

DR. WILLIAM BOYD MUSEUM OF PATHOLOGICAL SPECIMENS

PLEASE NOTE: This is the most interesting and understandable collection. It is open for public viewing.

Dr. William Boyd (1885- 1979) was a very famous professor of Pathology and author of numerous pathology textbooks. He was brought in to be the first Head of the Pathology Department at UBC when the medical school started in 1950. He brought with him a collection of specimens which formed the basis for this collection, some of which are still on display.

This collection formed the core of the pathological specimens used to teach the Medical Undergraduate students and residents and has been added to over the years.

It was housed on the 3rd floor of the Jimmy Patterson Pavilion – North, for many years and was moved to the Diamond Health Care Centre when the building opened in 2006.

This collection has over 1500 specimens and is organized by organ system, with a letter to designate the organ and a 4 digit number, the first two of which indicate the disease category, based on a system with 10 categories of diseases.

# Category Notes
00** Normal Very few normal specimens
01** Congenital/ Developmental Malformations  
02** Inflammation caused by infections Bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites
03** Injury & Inflammation  
04** Issues due to circulatory problems Infarcts & hemorrhages
05** Issues due to innervation problems No specimens
06** Physical blockages  
07** Metabolic issues Most specimens here show a build up
08** Benign Tumours  
09** Malignant Tumours (Cancers)  
10** Degeneration Only found in Pulmonary and Nervous System

THE DR. BETTY POLAND EMBRYO-FETAL COLLECTION

This collection is viewable by the public.

Dr. Betty Poland (1919-1992) was a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Genetics who served as a mentor to many people studying Human Development at UBC.

This collection was housed at BC Children’s Hospital and demonstrates a range of conditions that arise when organs don’t develop properly, from the tiniest embryos with chromosomal abnormalities to issues with intrauterine development to conditions which impact people later in life.

THE BC CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CONGENTIAL HEART DISEASE COLLECTION

This collection began at BC Children’s Hospital in the 1960s and is a specialized collection to demonstrate the ways that heart malformations affect the heart and methods of repairing these defects. It is used only for training medical students, residents and fellows.

THE DR. WILLIAM THURLBECK LUNG RESEARCH COLLECTION

Dr. William Thurlbeck (1928-1997) was a professor of Pathology who studied lung diseases and developed a system for quantifying Emphysema. This is a research collection that includes an x-ray, a section of lung on paper (Gough sections), microscope slides, 35mm slides and other material.