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Obscura Society NY: "Medicinal Recipes" after-hours at the Rare Book Room at New York Academy of Medicine

Explore the Rare Book Room's collection of 17th, 18th, and 19th century records of botanical recipes and herbal cures.

Medicinal Recipes at the New York Academy of Medicine

What do cinnamon, eel livers and white amber all have in common?  They’re all proposed as aids for easing childbirth in Choise Receipts, a handwritten cookbook in the Academy’s collections, dating to 1680.  Our library holds 36 manuscript receipt books, dating from the late 17th through the 19thcentury, in German, French, Dutch and English, many containing medicinal recipes.  Together with our extensive collections of herbals and print recipe books, well used by plant enthusiasts, homeopaths and housewives alike, these recipe collections show how skilled professionals and lay-people devised treatments for common ailments.

Part of a six-session series of Thursday evening sessions throughout 2016, we'll explore The New York Academy of Medicine's collections in the intimate setting of its beautiful rare book room, guided by two of its stewards.

Presented by Atlas Obscura at The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10029
Thursday evenings at 6:30pm
$30 per session or $150 for the entire series
Advance tickets only, limited capacity

January 21st - Anatomical Illustrations

March 10th - East Meets West

May 12th - Medicinal Recipes (Botanicals)

July 7th - Medical Photography with Heidi Knoblauch

September 8th - Women’s Medicine

November 3rd - Alchemy

Questions? email rebecca.posner@atlasobscura.com

All ticket sales are final.

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