Mütter Museum

Book Clüb: Doctors and Distillers

Image of 19th century man sitting in a library holding copy of "Doctors and Distillers"
Image of 19th century man sitting in a library holding copy of "Doctors and Distillers"

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6:00pm - 7:30pm

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Past Event

Join us virtually for another Mütter Museum Book Clüb featuring Camper English's newest release, Doctors and Distillers: The Remarkable Medicinal History of Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Cocktails!


Register now to learn how medicine and alcohol were inextricably intertwined throughout history. The conversation will be led by Julia Jordan, Director of Retail Operations & Visitor Engagement.


Book club attendees receive 15% off of Drinkers and Distillers when they purchase through the  Check your confirmation email for a link to the online Museum Store and the 15% off promo code. 


About the Book

Alcohol and Medicine have an inextricably intertwined history, with innovations in each altering the path of the other. The story stretches back to ancient times, when beer and wine were used to provide nutrition and hydration, and were employed as solvents for healing botanicals. Over time, alchemists distilled elixirs designed to cure all diseases, monastic apothecaries developed mystical botanical liqueurs, traveling physicians concocted dubious intoxicating nostrums, and the drinks we’re familiar with today began to take form. In turn, scientists studied fermentation and formed the germ theory of disease, and developed an understanding of elemental gases and anesthetics. Modern cocktails like the Old-Fashioned, Gimlet, and Gin and Tonic were born as delicious remedies for diseases and discomforts. In Doctors and Distillers, cocktails and spirits expert Camper English reveals how and why the contents of our medicine and liquor cabinets were, until surprisingly recently, one and the same. 


About the Author

Camper English is a cocktails and spirits writer and speaker who has covered the craft cocktail renaissance for over 15 years, contributing to more than 50 publications around the world including Popular Science, Saveur, Details, Whisky Advocate, and Drinks International. With a focus on the nerdy side of mixology, he has studied everything from the history of carbonation to the science of clear ice cubes. He has been awarded International Cognac Writer of the Year by the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac and Best Cocktail Writer at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards, and he has been voted as one of the 100 most influential people in the global drinks industry for several years running. His website is Alcademic.com.