“George Washington and Medicine” Exhibit and Reception at Galter Health Sciences Library

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

November 27, 2016

(via Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library)

News item:

A new and exciting exhibit opened November 21st at Galter Health Sciences Library and is available for viewing through December 22nd. “Every Necessary Care and Attention”: George Washington & Medicine explores the story of George Washington’s own health and examines the ways in which he sought to safeguard the health and wellness of those under his care.  Washington’s story illuminates the broader context of the experience of illness and the practice ofmedicine, which during his time was transitioning from a traditional healer craft to a profession.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Galter Library has also put together a companion display, “The State of Medicine at the Start of the Nation.” The display highlights a selection of holdings from Special Collections to contextualize the western world at the time of George Washington, with an emphasis on medicine’s contemporary practices and developments.

Mark your calendars! A reception for the exhibit will be held on November 30th, 2016 at 12 noon in Dollie’s Corner, Level 2 of the library, and will feature Dr. Kelly Wisecup, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Programs in American Studies and Science and Human Culture, Northwestern University. Dr. Wisecup will present on: Medicine at Home: Early American Botanical Colonization and Native American Herbal Resistance.

“Every Necessary Care and Attention”: George Washington & Medicine was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health and George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens. More information about the exhibit can be found on the exhibition website.

For questions about the exhibit at Galter or the reception, please contact Stephanie Thor:

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