CHSTM: Overlooked Images of Medicine with Bert Hansen

Overlooked Images of Medicine
with Bert Hansen
Louis Dalrymple, “He’s Got to Take It!” (Harrison Re-Nomination Medicine), Puck, May 4, 1892.
Join Professor Bert Hansen as he discusses popular, late nineteenth century images of American medicine that he has donated to Yale’s Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. In this presentation, Professor Hansen shows us what medicine looked like and how it was experienced by the public at that time.

Professor Hansen’s images use medicine to satirize the politics of the day, often showing politicians, political parties or mascots as sickly and in need of care. These illustrations depict the changing character of medicine and how it was interpreted by journalists, cartoonists, and the reading public in the late nineteenth century.

Dr. Hansen’s presentation, using images he has collected over decades, and which are now part of The Bert Hansen Collection at Yale’s Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library, reveals the transformation of medicine and its evolving public reception through lively and fascinating mass media  cartoons and illustrations.

Since earning his PhD from Princeton University in 1974, Bert Hansen has been teaching the history of science and medicine at Binghamton University, the University of Toronto, New York University, and Baruch College of the City University of New York.  He has published two books and numerous articles about medical and scientific developments from the 14th century through the 20th, and about the imagery and popular attitudes that surround them.  He has also written about gay history. His most recent scholarship examines the significance of Louis Pasteur’s engagement with the fine arts.  For more, see
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