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City of Worcester: History & Heritage - New

Medicine and Health in Early America

History / Heritage - Class/Workshop

Thursday, May 11, 2017
6:00 PM-9:00 PM

American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
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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 physicianssome educated in medical schools but most by apprenticeshipsand 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.

*Participants must register in advance through the AAS website. Registration includes materials and a light dinner.

Cost: $30

Woo Pass: 3 points

Suggested Audiences:Elders, Adult, College

Website: http://www.americanantiquarian.org/hands-history-workshop-medicine-and-health-early-america

Last Modified: February 14, 2017 at 2:53 PM

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