Matteo Martelli (Humbolt University, Berlin) will present “Chromatic Transformations Between Alchemy and Medicine: Ps.-Democritus and Miriam the Prophetess.” Professor Martelli will explore the medical origins of alchemy, in Graeco-Roman Egypt from the 1st to the 4th cent. AD., as embodied in Greek texts of Antiquity and their successors. The Dittrick is co-sponsoring this lecture with the Classics Department, the History Department and the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities.
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Book launch for Electroconvulsive Therapy in America: The Anatomy of a Medical Controversy, authored by Jonathan Sadowsky, the Castele Professor of Medical History, History Dept, CWRU. Join colleagues, friends, and family of Jonathan to celebrate this important book on electro-convulsive therapy. In it he seeks to provide an explanation of why ECT has been so controversial, juxtaposing evidence from clinical science, personal memoir, and popular culture.
Discussion Panel: Patty Edmonson, Museum Advisory Council Curator of Costumes and Textiles, Western Reserve Historical Society; Jennifer Nieves, Archivist and Registrar, Dittrick Medical History Museum; Liz Roccoforte, Director, LGBT Center, Case Western Reserve University
Special Exhibition: Willingness to Bear Suffering: the adverse effects of tight lacing. Dittrick Museum Castele Gallery
Join us for a trip back in time! Our first Mixer of 2017, Forensics and Cocktails will treat visitors to a short discussion of prohibition era toxicology, when forensic specialists had to distinguish between murder by poison—and death by bathtub gin! Guests may sample prohibition-era cocktails and mingle, while Dittrick Sr. Research Associate, Brandy Schillace will make the rounds describing the work of local “Sherlock” Dr. John George Spenzer. Cocktail tasting samples and light snacks provided. Guests must be 21 years of age. $15 admission (reduced to $8 for Dittrick Friends Group Members.
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Jessica Hill, CWRU Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law, will present “Controversial Coverage: Faith and the Fight to Insure Contraceptives.” Professor Hill brings a longstanding interest in access to contraception, dating to when she worked at the Reproductive Freedom Project of the national ACLU office in New York, litigating challenges to state-law restrictions on reproductive rights. She will explore recent trends in law and legislation pertaining to this important topic.
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