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Monday, July 23, 2018



The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029



Inside the privacy of the library, we’ll gather around to explore highlights from The New York Academy of Medicine Library’s rich collections on medieval medicine. How did medieval men and women avoid the plague? Was it possible to influence the gender of a baby during conception?  

Medieval Europe takes shape through a varied manuscript tradition and early modern print culture as a glittering, volatile period, where plague and disease reminded individuals of their mortality, and the mysteries of conception and birth were mysterious and opaque. During this visit to the Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Room, we’ll dive into this spirited time by exploring the woodcuts of Sebastian Brant’s Ship of Fools, the tradition of the Danse Macabre in anatomy, and early medieval attempts to draw and understand reproduction. Born, loved, wounded, and buried, the medieval bodies you’ll encounter in our rare book room afford a glimpse of what it was to be human a thousand years ago.

Event series:
Atlas Obscura