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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bring Out Your Dead: A Walk Through Plagues, Madness, and Medicine in Philadelphia

Take a tour of some of our country's oldest and most unique medical sites and stories.

Today, Philadelphia is a hub for modern healthcare and research, but the founding city has also been a trailblazer in medicine, from being home to the first hospital on colonial territory to its stake on the front lines of combating HIV/AIDS. The city is rich with stories that add a different lens to a well traversed history, when viewed through  some of the biggest threats to public health and mankind. 

Join healthcare journalist Elana Gordon on a journey through the rise of modern medicine and psychiatry in Philadelphia, told with the help of some historic sites, a few obscure readings, and at least one “odditorium.” Featuring (but not limited to) a hidden moat, a sinister set of keys, some coffee, a few founding fathers and several trailblazing women...we’ll explore how epidemics and treatments of Philadelphia's past have informed our present day understandings of disease, healthcare, and society.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: 
From small pox in the age of Ben Franklin to addiction in the age of fentanyl, Elana Gordon has covered medicine and public health in Philadelphia as a founding member of WHYY's health and science show, The Pulse. Her stories about bodysnatching and Legionnaires' Disease have been featured on the popular podcasts Criminal and 99% Invisible. 

 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

  • Walk starts from the Benjamin Rush Garden at 143 S. 3rd Street. It will end at Pennsylvania Hospital at 8th and Pine.

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