Books & Bodies

Tuesday, 15 April 2003 - 4:00pm6:00pm

Pennsylvania Hospital, 8th and Spruce Streets

Books & Bodies

Tour and Talk at America's First Hospital

Medical books are profoundly important to physicians, nurses, and hospitals, indeed, all of health care. Imagine, for example, medicine without Henry Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body...

Join us for a tour of the original pine building of historic Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital, and see a small exhibition of rare books curated especially for "Books & Bodies." This living history of medical science was founded in 1751 by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond. Some say ghosts still inhabit the old building, watching over the care and preservation of this fabulous monument to American medicine.

The tour, led by Pennsylvania Hospital Archivist Stacey Peeples, will end in the famous Surgical Amphitheatre, the oldest surviving surgical amphitheatre in North America. Here, Charles Rosenberg, Professor of the History of Science and Ernest E. Monrad Professor in the Social Sciences at Harvard University and one of the world's leading medical historians, will take you on a magical mystery tour of medical libraries and their importance to the practice of medicine.

The Penn Humanities Forum gratefully acknowledges the generous assistance of Stacey Peeples, Archivist, Pennsylvania Hospital, and Edward Mormon, Director,The Francis C. Wood Institute for the History of Medicine, College of Physicians of Philadelphia in preparing the exhibition.

Event Synopsis

Dream Anatomy Exhibition, National Library of Medicine. This remarkable exhibition (October 9, 2002 - July 31, 2003) features rare anatomical books, illustrations, and sculptures spanning the last five centuries.

Other National Library of Medicine exhibitions.

Suggested Reading

Mending Bodies, Saving Souls: A History of Hospitals by Guenter B. Risse (Oxford University Press, 1999).

The Care of Strangers: The Rise of America's Hospital System by Charles Rosenberg (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995)

Pictures of Health: A Photo-graphic History of Health Care in Philadelphia, 1860-1945 (Studies in Health, Illness, and Caregiving in America) by Janet Golden, Charles E. Rosenberg (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991).

Every Man His Own Doctor: Popular Medicine in Early America by Charles E. Rosenberg and William H. Helfand (Library Company of Philadelphia, 1998).

The Social Transformation of American Medicine by Paul Starr (Basic Books, 1984).