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Obscura Society NY: "Women's Medicine" after-hours at the Rare Book Room at New York Academy of Medicine

Discover the fascinating history of women's health issues, medicine, and midwifery through an exploration of the Rare Book Room's incredible archival collection.

Women’s Medicine at the New York Academy of Medicine
Among the fallacies perpetuated in early modern midwifery texts are the suggestions that a baby born in the seventh month was more likely to survive than a baby born in the eighth month, that the vigor of male babies made them easier to deliver than female babies, and that eating fruit would delay labor. By the 1750’s, early European illustrated anatomies began to depict the female skeleton, as part of a broader discussion of gender and society. In an intimate setting, we’ll explore highlights from the Academy’s rich collections of women’s medicine and midwifery. The Academy’s books are full of secret treasures: join us to learn more about changing attitudes towards women’s bodies over time.

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

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