Oct. 7, 2019

Archives Month Philly Event: Poison or Panacea?


This event is free, but registration is required. Limited tickets available.

As part of Archives Month Philly, please join the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia for a special pop-up exhibit examining the history of herbal medicine in the West.

From the ancient Romans and Greeks to today, people have looked to plants for cure-alls, cold remedies, tumor treatments, and even poisons.  “Poison or Panacea?” traces two well-known plants and their medicinal uses throughout the centuries.  This exhibit features some of the loveliest herbals in the Library’s rare book collection.

This event is open house-style: you can stop by anytime between 5:30pm-7:00pm. Soft drinks and light snacks will be served.

*The Mütter Museum will not be open during this event.

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ASL interpretation is available for any event upon request. Please contact Meredith Sellers to place a request for an ASL interpreter or for any other accessibility accommodations.

NOTE: By entering the event premises, you consent to photography, audio recording, video recording and its release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, promotional purposes, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by The College of Physicians/The Mütter Museum and its affiliates and representatives.


The Mütter Museum helps the public appreciate the mysteries and beauty of the human body while understanding the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease.

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