In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, Sari Altschuler, an Assistant Professor of English at Northeastern University and author of The Medical Imagination: Literature and Health in the Early United States (Penn Press, 2018), joins us to investigate the ways early American doctors used imagination in their practice and learning of medicine.
Michael T. Keene’s new book New York City’s Hart Island: A Cemetery of Strangers takes a look at Hart Island, where more than one million bodies are buried in unmarked graves, just off the coast of the Bronx in Long Island Sound.
The islands first public use was as a Civil War prison and United States Colored Troops training site and later a psychiatric hospital. The island became the repository for New York City’s unclaimed dead. It’s mass graves are a microcosm of New York history, from the 1822 burial crisis to casualties of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire and victims of the AIDS epidemic. Important artists who died in poverty have been discovered buried there, including Disney star Bobby Driscol and playwright Leo Birinski. [Read more…] about A Cemetery of Strangers: NYC’s Hart Island
Yale Professor of Pathology Dr. Gustave Davis is set to discuss the fascinating — and occasionally gruesome medical history — of the Seward family, and of Auburn, NY, in general in the middle 19th century, on Wednesday, October 23rd.
The program, An Unhealthy History?: Dr. Theodore Dimon and the Rise of Victorian Medicine, will take place from 7 to 8 pm at the Carriage House Theater. [Read more…] about Unhealthy History? Dr. Dimon and Victorian Medicine
The Seward/Mapes Homestead has announced a talk nineteenth century American health care, set for Thursday, October 24th, from 7 to 9 pm, led by Carolyn Ivanoff.
Ivanoff will examine healthcare in Victorian America, and how Americans were their own doctors and caregivers. [Read more…] about 19th Cent Medicine: Everyone Their Own Doctor
The Saratoga County History Roundtable is set to present a program entitled “Surgery in Peace and War” on Thursday, October 17th at 7 pm at the Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa.
Dr. Gerald Stulc will discuss surgery techniques and instruments from the Revolutionary War to the early 20th century. [Read more…] about Surgery in Peace and War Program in Ballston Spa
Roosevelt Island, formerly Blackwell’s Island (and later Welfare Island), has had many layers of medical history. From the construction of the almshouses in the 1830s onward, the island has housed the ill, displaced, criminals and unwanted poor of the city. [Read more…] about Roosevelt Island and Public Health History
Oneida County Historian Joseph P. Bottini is set to offer an illustrated presentation about the New York State Lunatic Asylum at the Rome Historical Society, Wednesday, April 17th at 7 pm. He will share the founding of this unique institution along with its growth and impact upon the treatment of the mentally ill between the mid-1800s to the 1950s. [Read more…] about NYS Lunatic Asylum History Presentation
A lecture on the 1918 influenza epidemic in the Finger Lakes has been set for Thursday, September 6th at 7 pm, at the Cayuga Museum’s Carriage House Theater in Auburn.
Medical historian and retired professor Teresa Lehr will discuss the flu pandemic, and specifically its local effects. [Read more…] about 1918 Influenza Outbreak In The Finger Lakes
Nellie Bly gained her reputation as a reporter when she exposed poor conditions at the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island. Bly reported on issues of importance to women, producing an important interview with Susan B. Anthony and covering major events in the suffrage campaign.
A free lecture, Nellie Bly: From Blackwell’s Island to Well Beyond, has been set for Thursday, June 14th at 6:30 pm at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, 525 Main Street. [Read more…] about Nellie Bly: Blackwell’s Island And Beyond
Wendel is the author of a family memoir about the 1960s medical team at Roswell Park in Buffalo who made great strides in treating cancer: Cancer Crossings: A Brother, His Doctors and the Quest for a Cure to Childhood Leukemia (ILR Press, 2018). [Read more…] about A Chapter in Buffalo Cancer Research History