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Hands-On History Workshop - "Medicine and Health in Early America"

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 6:00pm to Friday, May 12, 2017 - 8:45pm

Although we now think of medicine as a widely regulated and professionalized field, that was largely a development of the late nineteenth century. A combination of trained physicians—some educated in medical schools but most by apprenticeships—and what some considered “quacks,” or practitioners of alternative medical practices such as phrenology, hydropathy, and Thompsonian medicine, populated the pre-twentieth-century medical landscape.

Nan Wolverton, AAS director of the Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC), will provide an overview of the contemporary field, while hands-on workshops will allow participants to do further exploration by examining collection materials. Pamphlets, advertisements, doctors’ account books, asylum reports, medical advice books, and a variety of other items will illustrate the complexity and development of health and medicine before the twentieth century.


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