NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE, History of Medicine Division, Summer of Seminars

Thursday, August 27, 2009, 2-3:30pm

NLM Visitor Center, Bldg 38A, NLM, Bethesda, MD

Conventions of Display: Cultures of Exhibition in Twentieth-Century Medicine.

Miriam Posner

Yale University

Most medical historians have heard of anatomical museums and displays of

anomalies in earlier eras. Few are aware, however, that exhibition has

also been a crucial component of twentieth-century medicine. The

prominence of exhibition in medicine suggests that historians should

refine their notions of how medical ideas are communicated to accommodate

this lively and interactive culture.

The next History of Medicine Division seminar will be held on Wednesday,

September 9, 2-3:30pm, in the NLM Visitor Center, Bldg 38A. In

conjunction with NLM’s newest travelling exhibit, “The Literature of

Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and ‘The Yellow Wall-Paper,'” Helen

Horowitz of Smith College will speak on “Underneath the Whirls: Rethinking

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Sex, Nervous Breakdown, and S. Weir Mitchell.”

All are Welcome

Sign language interpretation is provided. Individuals with disabilities

who need reasonable accommodation to participate may contact Stephen

Greenberg at (301-435-4995), e-mail [email protected], or the Federal

Relay (1-800-877-8339).

Due to current security measures at NIH, off-campus visitors are advised

to consult the NLM Visitors and Security website: