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Museum of Pathology and Anatomy
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Address: 68 Lielvārdes Street, Block 4, Bikernieku Hospital
Head: associate professor Valentīna Gordjušina
Phone: +371 67580569

The museum is located in the Chair of Pathology in the Faculty of Medicine.

For visitors

Excursions in the Museum of Pathology and Anatomy can be arranged by phone +371 67580569 or +371 29669458

  • Museum of Pathology and Anatomy is a great help for students as appropriate materials for the illustration of every new subject are taken from the museum: macro preparations, moulages, micro preparations and educational posters which display possible macroscopic and microscopic changes in the human body.  
  • Several shelves are dedicated to every organ where they are seen with different pathologies. Many shelves are for human embryos’ preparations – different size, age, and the whole spectrum of pathologies.
  • Impressive collection of bile-stones in various colours and sizes can be found in the museum as well.
  • A collection of ancient pathological anatomy micro preparations from the 19th century belongs to the museum as well. These micro preparations are well preserved, as well as their inscriptions in Russian and Latin.
  • The museum offers a collection of old medicine journals and books.  

The Museum of Pathology and Anatomy is the newest of all UL museums.  In its current form, it was founded in 2001, after a long pause of 47 years.

The first foundations for the museum were laid by the coroner and Professor Roman Adelheim (1881-1938) in 1921. In 1919, Professor Adelheim was invited to work in the newly founded Faculty of Medicine as he was a highly experienced expert. He was entrusted with organizing education in the field of pathological anatomy.  Professor Adelheim founded the Chair of Pathological Anatomy, set up lecture-rooms, created patohistological laboratory, library of the chair and the Museum of Anatomy.

Pathological anatomy is the basis of clinical medicine.  In Greek, pathos means suffer, illness. The coroners are the truth’s finders and researchers of a body that has recovered from a disease.  The coroner finds out and explains why a body has not coped with the disease. Pathological anatomy examines all questions connected with the changes in an ailing human body by using the main research methods in their field – autopsy, biopsy, examination of operating materials on macroscopic level when the changes are seen with the naked eye, or on microscopic level when the changes are seen only with the light or electron microscopes.