Artifact No.: CSTM 2002.0091
Date: ca. 1840-1899
Source: University Health Network, Toronto
The medical bag was once a fixture of a family doctor’s standard equipment. It represented a time when doctors visited their patients at home and relied on simple but powerful diagnostic instruments such as the stethoscope. This bag was used by Dr. Henry Hover Wright (1816-1899) of Toronto.
Visitors to the Canada Science and Technology Museum respond to this bag in many ways: some see it as a symbol of how far we have advanced, while others see it as a symbol of what we have lost in the doctor-patient relationship.