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CFI welcomes the Museum of Medical History | Local News

When the name “Leonardo da Vinci” is mentioned, most people immediately associate it with his paintings – “The Lord’s Supper” and “Mona Lisa” being the best known of his artistic works.

But Leonardo da Vinci was also recognized as a scientist, engineer, sculptor and architect. This wide range of interests and talents is why the multi-talented Italian is classified as a Renaissance man, who serves as a model for applying the scientific method to all aspects of life, including including art and music.

Little-known or commonly forgotten facts like these were brought to life during a special presentation by medical students at the Laurel County Center for Innovation last week.

More than 70 booths were on hand with information about people who have made important contributions and advancements in the medical field.

From the creator of the first heart bypass device to the discovery of radium and working with the mentally ill to the first feline veterinarian, students have captured the contributions of medical achievements and showcased them for the public.

Alyssa Mounce chose Dorothea Dix for her work with the mentally ill and her lobbying of the US Congress to establish America’s first mental asylums. As a nurse, she also served as superintendent of army nurses.

“She worked in mental hospitals and studied criminal psychology,” Mounce said of Dix. “She liked working with people.”

Bryson Miller chose Godfrey Hounsfield for his study. Hounsfield designed the CT machine.

“The CT machine has saved many lives,” Miller said. “He was also a plastic surgeon and a paramedic.”

A name better known to the public is that of Marie Curie, who is credited with the discovery of radium and polonium. This discovery is noted as a major contribution to the discovery of cancer treatments. Curie also won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911 and the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903.

“She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize,” said Ryan Allen, who represented Curie on the show.

Jaiden Taylor said she chose Leonardo da Vinci because of his diverse talents.

“Most people know him as a painter, but he was a scientist. He discovered the four chambers of the heart,” she said. “He was a really interesting person. He painted, he was a sculptor, he studied anatomy, he was an inventor. He came from a very large family and so did I, so I thought it Taylor, who is taking Allied Health, English and Geometry at CFI, said her future goal is to become an embalmer.

Lora Adams said her research led her to learn more about Louise Eisenhardt, a neuropathologist who became an expert in tumor diagnosis. Eisenhardt’s work included the study of brain tumors as well as being the first female editor of the Journal of Neurosurgery.

“Her research has played a big role in the medical field and I chose her because I thought she was the most interesting,” Adams said.