New Exhibit and Upcoming Lecture Highlight Civil War Medicine

Soldier TintypeWe are happy to announce that our new exhibit, “Civil War Medicine,” is now on display at the Medical Center Library. Featuring rare books, medical instruments and artifacts, and historic images and documents from the Rubenstein Library, the exhibit explores health care during the Civil War. It will be on display from June to September.

In addition to this exhibit, the Library & Archives is hosting a six-banner traveling exhibition, “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine.” Produced by the National Library of Medicine, this display highlights the contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons, and hospital staff during the war. It will be on Level 2 of the Library from June 9 - July 19.

In conjunction with these exhibitions, Dr. Margaret Humphreys, Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine at Duke, will speak on "Finding Dr. Harris: An African American Surgeon in the US Civil War," Wednesday, June 18 at noon in the Library's Reading Room, Level 1. All are welcome to attend, and light refreshments will be served. More information about the event is available on the Library's website.


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