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Upcoming Events

Scientists, Midwives and Healers in the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection
Tuesday, February 9, 4:00 pm
Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, Rubenstein Library


Duke History Professor Thomas Robisheaux will give a lecture on the Baskin Collection including his use of works by naturalist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian. Reception at 4 p.m. with remarks to begin at 4:15 p.m.

Find more about previous events including past speaker events.


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Exhibits

Explore past exhibits from the History of Medicine Collections including:

Animated Anatomies: The Human Body in Anatomical Texts from the 16th to 21st Centuries (April - July 2011)
Animated Anatomies explores the visually stunning and technically complex genre of printed texts and illustrations known as anatomical flap books.  This exhibit traces the flap book genre beginning with early examples from the sixteenth century, to the colorful “golden age” of complex flaps of the nineteenth century, and finally to the common children’s pop-up anatomy books of today. The display highlights the history of science, medical instruction, and the intricate art of bookmaking. To learn more about the symposium, exhibit, see photos of anatomical flap books, and watch videos of them in action, visit the exhibit website.

What Does Your Doctor Know? Exploring the History of Physician Education from Early Greek Theory to the Practice of Duke Medicine (April - July 2012)Duke School of Medicine
Medical knowledge was passed down through the ages first orally and then in written form, through informal apprenticeships and formal university education.  Certain core subjects like anatomy have been taught for over five hundred years, though the means of teaching has changed over time from oral tradition to physical autopsy to moving image recordings to virtual digital reconstruction.  How does the training a medical student receives today compare to the training a student would have received in a much earlier time, say in Padua, Italy, in 1543, or at the University of Pennsylvania in 1813? This exhibition highlights the transformation of physician education over time, from the days of ancient Greece through the establishment and evolution of Duke’s Medical School.