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Charleston, South Carolina

Obscura Day 2015: Tuberculosis in 20th- Century Charleston

Delve into the special collections of the Waring Historical Library as we discuss the history of tuberculosis treatment in 20th- century Charleston.

Join the Waring Historical Library this Obscura Day for a discussion of tuberculosis in the early to mid-20th century and a rare opportunity to view pathology specimens of tubercular lungs, pneumothoraxes and other devices used in the treatment of tuberculosis!

The Waring Historical Library is the special collections library for the Medical University of South Carolina, the nucleus of which is the library of the Medical Society of South Carolina. The Waring’s holdings include an impressive manuscript collection of more than 700 distinct manuscript and visual materials collections, which date from the late 1700s to the present. The library’s book collection, which now number over 14,000 volumes, dates predominantly from the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum's impressive collection also consists of more than 1,500 artifacts including medical chests, surgery and amputation cases, saddlebags, bleeding apparatus, and a variety of antique medical instruments.

Join us this Obscura Day to personally inspect medical devices used to treat tuberculosis and pathological specimens of diseased lungs. We'll also discuss the various institutions in Charleston established to treat victims of the disease. Drawing on archival sources, the talk will include information about Pinehaven Sanatorium, in both of its locations, as well as the eventual elimination of tuberculosis in the region.


Saturday, May 30; 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ticket Cost: FREE, but space is limited - please remember to RSVP
Meet up will be at the James W. Colbert Library and Education Center, first floor foyer
171 Ashley Avenue, Charleston 29403