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Wednesday, November 8, 2017



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



Please note this event is sold out. To join the waitlist please click below.

Inside the privacy of the library, we’ll gather around to explore highlights from the Academy Library's rich collections of women’s medicine and midwifery. The Academy’s books are full of secret treasures: see what we discover about the changing attitudes towards women’s bodies over time.

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 1750s, early European illustrated anatomies began to depict the female skeleton, as part of a broader discussion of gender and society. 

In this three-part series of Wednesday evening sessions throughout 2017, we'll explore The New York Academy of Medicine's collections in the intimate after-hours setting of its beautiful Drs. Barri and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room, guided by two of its stewards.

Join us for one, or all three of the sessions.  



Event series:
Atlas Obscura