On Wednesday 9 October, 2002, beginning at 2:00 pm, a symposium at the Grolier Club in Manhattan will explore "The Drug Trade and the Book Trade." Speakers and topics include James Harvey Young on the history of quackery in the USA, Thomas Horrocks on proprietary medicine advertising in American almanacs, Michael Sappol on anatomical museums, William Helfand on booksellers, circulating libraries and proprietary medicines and Matthew Ramsey on quackery in France.
Visitors attending this symposium may also view an exhibition of printed material from the collection of William H. Helfand on display at the Grolier. "Quack, Quack, Quack: The Sellers of Nostrums in Prints, Posters, Ephemera and Books" comprises 185 items drawn from the collection of William H. Helfand, who has curated the exhibition. Mr. Helfand has written, lectured and exhibited extensively on the history of drugs and pharmacy, as well as on related prints, caricatures, posters and ephemera. He brings both scholarship and a sense of humor to this exhibition. "Quack, Quack, Quack" will be on view from September 18th to November 23rd 2002.
The October 9 event is jointly sponsored by the Grolier Club, The Friends of the Rare Book Room, Inc., and the Section on Historical Medicine of the New York Academy of Medicine. A reception will follow. There is no cost to attend but reservations should be made by telephone to the number below.
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