The New York Academy of Medicine Section on the History of Medicine and Public Health is pleased to announce the first in its 2005-2006 series of public lectures, and the first of a four-part mini-series "Medicine Before Modernity."
Tuesday, September 27
David Mininberg, MD
The Art of Medicine in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean
Reception 5:30 PM, Lecture 6:00PM
Wine and cheese reception after the lecture, to open the book exhibition, "Holes in the Head: Mending Head Injuries from Pericles to Bonaparte."
Dr. Mininberg will discuss what ancient artifacts and documents from the eastern Mediterranean reveal about medical practices and the ancients' beliefs about life, health and death. Dr. Mininberg is a prominent New York physician with a long-standing and deep interest in the ancient history of medicine. Since 1997 he has published a number of articles on medicine in ancient Egypt, and has served as consultant for many museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he is a frequent and popular speaker. He assisted the Metropolitan's curator James Allen in selecting and assembly of objects for its exhibition "The Art of Medicine in Ancient Egypt" (which features the entire Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus, on loan from the New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book collection), and wrote an introductory essay for the exhibition's catalog.
Holes in the Head:
Dr. Mininberg's lecture launches an exhibition in the Academy library, featuring books from the Academy's Rare Book collection. "Holes in the Head: Mending Head Injuries from Pericles to Bonaparte," is curated by Miriam Mandelbaum. Starting from the fact that over half of the cases described in the Smith Papyrus deal with head injuries, this exhibition features "capital" examples of works from Renaissance editions of the Hippocratic corpus to the works of Dominique-Jean Larrey, Chief of the Medical Corps during Napoleon's Egyptian campaign in 1799. The exhibition will be on view from September 27, 2005 to January 16, 2006. For more information, visit http://www.nyam.org/news/2525.html
Medicine Before Modernity
Today's rapidly-accelerating medical knowledge can distort our perspective, flattening our view of the dynamic and swiftly changing field of medicine even a century ago into some undifferentiated "past," as remote and unrecognizable as a familiar landscape viewed from the wrong end of a telescope. This four-part lecture series turns the lens around, viewing the history of medicine from the vantage point of one of its foundational documents, the Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus, a transcription from around 1600 B.C.E., of a much older document.
Tuesday, September 27
David Mininberg, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, "The Art of Medicine in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean"
Reception sponsored by the Friends of the Rare Book Room
Thursday, October 27
James Allen, Metropolitan Museum of Art, "The World of Ancient Egyptian Medicine"
Tuesday, November 29
Michael McVaugh, University of North Carolina, "'An Ailment Not to be Treated': The Rationality of Pre-Modern Surgery"
Wednesday, December 7
Monica Green, Arizona State University, "Gynecology and Surgery: Alliances of Knowledge and Practice in the Premodern Period"
ALL LECTURES AT 6 PM, RECEPTIONS AT 5:30 PM
These events are free and open to the public. CME credit is available. For more information about NYAM programs in the history of medicine, visit our website at http://www.nyam.org/initiatives/im-histe.shtml, write firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Christian Warren at 212.822.7314.
Earlier this year, the Academy's Rare Book Room was featured in the New York Times. To read a press release, with a link to the article, visit http://www.nyam.org/news/2258.html .
Historical programs at NYAM are supported by the Friends of the Rare Book Room. Please join the Friends! Download a membership form at http://www.nyam.org/initiatives/docs/FRBR_Renewal.pdf .
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