NLM History of Medicine lecture “When a Masterpiece Becomes a Chameleon: Re-Making a Popular Medical Book in the 1830s and 40s”

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to the next NLM History of Medicine lecture, to be held on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the Lister Hill Auditorium, National Library of Medicine, Building 38A, Bethesda, MD. As the annual James H. Cassedy Memorial Lecture for 2013, NLM presents:

“When a Masterpiece Becomes a Chameleon: Re-Making a Popular Medical Book in the 1830s and 40s”

Mary E. Fissell, PhD
The Johns Hopkins University

Aristotle’s Masterpiece was an extremely long-lived popular medical book about sex and reproduction. First published in London in 1684, it was still for sale in Soho sex shops in the 1930s, largely unchanged textually. During the 18th and 19th century it went into hundreds of editions on both sides of the Atlantic. This presentation will look closely at the book in the 1830s and 1840s, when changes in the material form of the book transformed its character in a variety of ways in Britain and America. As will be seen from the many images to be shown of the book, it was always a kind of shape-shifter, produced by multiple publishers for multiple audiences. It is just this chameleon-like quality that helps to explain the book’s continued life over three centuries.

All are welcome.

Sign language interpretation is provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate may contact Stephen Greenberg at 301-435-4995, e-mail, or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

Due to current security measures at NIH, off-campus visitors are advised to consult the NLM Visitors and Security website:

Sponsored by:
NLM’s History of Medicine Division
Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD, Chief

Event contact:
Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD
Coordinator of Public Services
History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine, NIH