The Pills Turns 50!

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The pill contraceptive is turning 50 this weekend on May 9th.

Case Western Reserve has launched the "History of Contraception" exhibit.

This unique collection includes a wide range of contraception items, prototypes, and manufacturing devices. The Dittrick Medical History Center learned in August of 2004 that it would receive the Percy Skuy Collection on the History of Contraception. Mr. Skuy, past President of Ortho Pharmaceutical (Canada), assembled the world's most comprehensive collection of historical contraceptive devices, numbering over 650 artifacts. Since its arrival the collection has grown through donations and museum purchases to approximately 800 artifacts. The Dittrick also maintains a collection of literature on the topic, including primary source material as well as historical writings

The exhibit depicts the social and cultural climate that influenced birth control decisions in this country, says James Edmonson, chief curator at the Dittrick. The Dittrick staff with guest curator Jimmy Wilkinson Meyer from The College of Wooster designed the exhibit.

Click here for exhibit details.

The Dittrick Museum of Medical History is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and is closed Saturdays and Sundays.

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