The Historical Collections of the New York Academy of Medicine announces the first public exhibition and lecture for its 2002-2003 season: “Shocked: The Romance of Electricity,” on display from September 24 to December 9, 2002, with an opening Reception and public lecture on Tuesday, September 24, 6:00 P.M., by David Rhees, Ph.D., who will discuss “Electrotherapy from Franklin to Frankenstein.”
Miriam Mandelbaum, the New York Academy’s Curator of Rare Books, has assembled an exhibition featuring printed materials from the early history of electricity, including William Gilbert’s De magnete (1600), the first French edition of Benjamin Franklin’s Experiments and Observations on Electricity (1752), and the first edition of Luigi Galvani’s De viribus (1792).
David Rhees, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Bakken Library and Museum in Minneapolis will present the opening lecture. “Electrotherapy from Franklin to Frankenstein,” will provide a richly illustrated tour of the checkered career and public image of electrotherapy from Benjamin Franklin’s treatment of paralysis with static electricity to the Frankenstein films of the 1930s.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information about this or other Academy programs in the history of medicine, write the email address below or contact us by phone.
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