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Monument to the Macabre

Museum showcases medical oddities

Ever wonder what happens to those medical oddities you read about in "Ripley's Believe It or Not?" Or the bullet that killed President Lincoln?

Wonder no more. The bullet, as well as a piece of assassin John Wilkes Booth's spine, and a collection of tumors and deformed skeletons are on display at the National Museum of Health and Medicine.

At least the founders of this monument to the unusual had the foresight to hide it in a building behind Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the nation's capital.

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