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Heberden Society History of Medicine Lecture

"Doctors Differ: Early Medical Caricature and the Birth of the Comics Form"

As caricature evolved from its origins as a practice designed to liberate artists from the constraints of renaissance idealism into a tool for social satire and commentary, medicine emerged quickly as one of its favorite topics. This talk will turn to the obsessive interest in medicine on the part of 17th- and 18th-century caricature as a way of exploring the development of a uniquely rich and unlikely interrelationship on the eve of modern medicine and the emergence of cartooning in its modern form. 

Jared Gardner, Ph.D.
English Professor
Popular Culture Studies Director
Ohio State University

Specializing in American literature, comics, film and popular culture, Dr. Gardner is the author of "Master Plots: Race and the Founding of an American Literature, 1787-1845", "Projections: Comics and the History of 21st-Century Storytelling" and "The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture", among other books and writings. 

Cosponsored by the New York Academy of Medicine History of Medicine and Public Health Center

Wednesday, October 30 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

New York Academy of Medicine, 20 1216 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10029

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Lecture/Seminar

Departments

Medical Center Archives

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