Melnick Museum launches YouTube channel

The Rose Melnick Medical Museum at Youngstown State University will host the annual meeting of the Ohio Academy of Medical History 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 31. The Melnick also recently launched a YouTube channel with videos highlighting exhibits in the museum.

The museum’s YouTube channel features a variety of videos filmed by Dan McCormick in YSU’s Department of Media and Academic Computing and starring Cassie Nespor, museum curator, explaining the history of various items in the museum.

Cassie Nespor in an Iron Lung at the Rose Melnick Museum on YSU's campus.

Cassie Nespor rests in an Iron Lung, one of the displays at the Rose Melnick Medical Museum. Cassie will be hosting videos on the Museum's new YouTube channel.

The channel features videos on the Wooden X-Ray Machine, Amputation Kits, the Iron Lung, the 19th Century Tapeworm Remedy,and  QR Codes and the Voices of History.

The Rose Melnick Medical Museum was founded in 1985 by Youngstown radiologist John C. Melnick. Since 2000 the museum, named in honor of Melnick’s mother, Rose, has been located in Melnick Hall on the YSU campus. The Museum houses thousands of medical artifacts consisting of instruments, equipment and research materials documenting the history of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and nursing with a local focus.

The Ohio Academy of Medical History meeting at the museum includes several presentations on a variety of topics, including – “Eliza S. Bryant: Inter-Racial Networking for Health Care”; “19th Century Medicine: The Clash for Authority at the Intersection of Race, Gender and Class”; “Mungo Park, Surgeon and African Explorer”; “Diagnostic Instruments in the Physical Examination”; and “Prescription for Death: The 1925 Ohio State Poisoning Case.”

Nespor concludes the meeting with a presentation titled, “The Rose Melnick Museum: Past, Present and Future.”

For the full program and more information, visit the Ohio Academy of Medical History website.