March 19, 2018

Of Marvels & Medicine: Perceptions of Abnormal Human Development


The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia is hosting a symposium, Of Marvels & Medicine: Perceptions of Abnormal Human Development on Monday, March 19, 2018. Of Marvels & Medicine will explore aspects of the latest exhibit to open in the Mütter Museum, Imperfecta. Using artifacts from the Historical Medical Library and Mütter Museum collections, this new exhibition examines shifting perceptions about abnormal human development from fear and wonder to curiosity and clinical science. The exhibit showcases seven texts in the history of teratology dating from 1554-1891, and is illustrated with teratological specimens from the Mütter Museum.


Photo: Meckel, J. F. (Johann Friedrich), 1781-1833., “De duplicitate monstrosa commentarius [Tableau I],” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library,


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