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.


Katherine Ott, Ph.D., Curator and Historian, Division of Medicine and Science, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Seth Kane, Principal, Lead Designer, The New Flesh Workshop

Shane Miller, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication,College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University

Izetta Autumn Mobley, Doctoral Candidate, American Studies,University of Maryland

Sarah Rose, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Director, Minor in Disability Studies, University of Texas at Arlington

Sabah Servaes, M.D., Pediatric Radiologist, Director of Body CT, Department of Radiology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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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