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Bruce Museum Lectures: The Dawn of Modern Medicine


Jan 15, 2019
06:30 PM until 08:00 PM


The Bruce Museum is pleased to present two special presentations that will provide fascinating insights into breakthroughs in the field of medicine in the nineteenth century – and how these once-revolutionary concepts were accepted as their risks and potential became fully understood.


The lectures complement an engrossing exhibition now on view in the Museum’s Science Gallery, The Dawn of Modern Medicine: Selections from the Medical Artifact Collection of M. Donald Blaufox, MD, PhD.


On Tuesday, January 15, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Dr. Blaufox will speak about “Changing Concepts of Radioactivity and Health.” Dr. Blaufox is Professor and University Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine as well as a former Chairman of the American Board of Nuclear Medicine. His lecture will review the uses of radioactivity for selected medical and commercial purposes and the events that led to the recognition of its dangers.


On Tuesday, February 5, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Dr. Paola Bertucci will present “Shocking Bodies: Electricity and Medicine in the 18th Century.”  Dr. Bertucci is Associate Professor of History and History of Medicine and Curator of the History of Science and Technology Division, Peabody Museum, Yale University.


Reservations are required for both lectures and may be made by clicking on the “Reservations” button at The lectures are free for Museum members and students with ID; $15 for non-members. The Museum will open at 6:20 pm; light refreshments will precede the lectures, which begin at 7 pm.


Museum members and students with ID free; nonmembers $15


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Greenwich, CT

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