Thursday, April 7, 2011
Saturday, November 20, 2010
U.S. National Museum,
Washington City, Nov. 20, 1878
In accordance with the arrangement between the Smithsonian Institution and the Army Medical Museum, I have the honor to transmit the collections mentioned below, the receipt of which please acknowledge.
Very respectfully, yours,
Spencer F Baird
Ball of hair taken from stomach of cow. Received from E. P. Armistead, Newton, Newton Co., Mississippi
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
[Andrea of our public programs staff is fascinated by hairballs and selected this letter.]
Washington, D.C., June 16, 1880
Dr. Geo. A. Otis,
Curator, Army Medical Museum,
In accordance with the agreement between the Smithsonian Institution and the Army Medical Museum, I take pleasure in sending you a ball of hair from a cow’s stomach, presented to the Institution by Thomas T. Crosson of Livingston, Texas.
A copy of the above given to Dr. Schafhirt with the spec. June 18, 1880.
Specimen Received June 17, and ack. June 18, 1880. Letter 5616.
Monday, April 27, 2009
What: National Hairball Awareness Day! NMHM is preparing a temporary exhibition of hairballs for display. Plan now to visit the Museum at 12 p.m. on Monday, April 27 to learn how hairballs form in the stomach, see a selection of human and animal hairballs on display, and get a chance to hold an animal hairball! Hairballs, also known as bezoars, form in the stomach of humans and some animals, and are made of indigestible matter such as hair, food and some medicines.
Want to learn more about hairballs? Check out the Museum's virtual exhibit here http://nmhm.washingtondc.museum/exhibits/virtual/hairball.html.