The Return of Dissecting History at The Legacy Center - Atlas Obscura

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The Return of Dissecting History at The Legacy Center

Spend an afternoon exploring the secretive and sometimes sordid world of 19th century anatomical dissection at two historic Philadelphia medical schools.

Join Atlas Obscura and The Legacy Center: Archives and Special Collections of Drexel College of Medicine for an afternoon exploring the secretive, and sometimes sordid, world of 19th century anatomical dissection at two historic Philadelphia medical schools: Hahnemann Medical College, the nation’s first homeopathic medical school, and the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, the nation’s first all-female degree-granting medical school.

At the Drexel University College of Medicine, you'll receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the Legacy Center’s collections area, including a rare visit with “Harriet,” the world’s first complete anatomical preparation of the human nervous system. Crafted in the 1880s by anatomist and Hahnemann Professor, Rufus B. Weaver, Harriet is normally not publicly available to view.

This event will also include a walk and talk through Philadelphia’s rich medical history— focusing on the crossover between anatomy and photography—featuring newly revealed anatomical preparations and wax models, as well as unbelievable documents and artifacts from the Legacy Center’s rare collections.

ABOUT THE LEGACY CENTER OF DREXEL COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

The Legacy Center is the repository for the records and heritage of Drexel University College of Medicine and its predecessor institutions, including Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania (W/MCP) and Hahnemann University.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

  • Please meet at the front entrance of the College of Medicine.
  • Parking is available near the College of Medicine, and the location is easily accessible via train, off the 30th Street Station.
  • The Drexel University College of Medicine is an active medical school. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time in order to complete check-in procedures at the security desk.

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Email Ryan Susurrus at  ryan@atlasobscura.com.

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