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Developing a Historical Biography and The Vital Importance of Black History Archives (online event)
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Time: 3:30PM ET
Please register here: https://tinyurl.com/yxlkrvu3
Join us for a book talk with author Blake Hill-Saya and C. Eileen Watts-Welch as they discuss "Aaron McDuffie Moore, An African American Physician, Educator, and Founder of Durham's Black Wall Street" (2020). Moore was one of the nation's most influential African American leaders in the early 20th century and a co-founder of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company and Lincoln Hospital in Durham, NC. Hill-Saya and Watts-Welch are both descendants of Moore and this project had deep personal connections. They will share how their research in the NC Mutual archive (jointly held by Duke and North Carolina Central University) and the collections at Shaw University's archives aided in illuminating his life and legacy.
This event is co-sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Research Center and the History of Medicine Collections.
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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)
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.