Death Pictures Of Celebrities Biography
Instead, we at Biography.com have decided to take a trip down the halls of science and cater to those who have an historic, intellectual (and perhaps slightly morbid) fascination with the anatomical preservation of famous mortals! Mwah haha!
Thanks to our friends at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, Pa, who house a vast collection of anatomical specimens of prominent figures within their 19th century "cabinet-style" medical history museum, we're able to share with you some anatomical specimens that you probably never knew existed.
After discovering a painful tumor on the left side of his mouth in 1893, President Grover Cleveland secretly assembled a team of surgeons to remove the cancerous growth aboard his friend's yacht. Considering he needed to appear strong amid the country's financial crisis during that time, Cleveland led the public to believe he was merely going on a short vacation. Here's a photo of his tumor:
The operation took just 90 minutes to complete, with surgeons removing some of the President's teeth and part of his upper jaw. Later, doctors inserted a rubber prosthesis to help reconstruct Cleveland's mouth and normalize his speech.
In the 1980s scientists re-analyzed the tumor and concluded Cleveland had verrucous carcinoma, a cancer usually found in people who chew tobacco.
Before Albert Einstein's brain became an iPad app, the Mütter Museum was the first museum to display parts of the scientist's brain to the public.
Although Einstein wasn't keen on the idea of having his anatomy on public display after his death, Dr. Thomas Harvey, the pathologist who performed Einstein's autopsy in 1955, thought the genius' brain was just too valuable to cremate. Thus, he confiscated it (although he later received Einstein son's permission) and preserved it for the rest of posterity to use for scientific study. Here's a sampling of his grey matter:
Currently, the museum owns an original set of 46 brain slides, which were taken from 23 regions of his brain.