Displays will include such notable, nationally regarded collections as those of Dr. Donald Blaufox, Professor and University Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Nuclear Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Curator of MoHMA, and Chris Foard of The Foard Collection of Civil War Nursing, whose rare artifacts will be on view for the first time in the State of Connecticut and have been shown in major United States museums, including the National Gallery in Washington D.C. Mr. Foard was an advisor to the PBS series Mercy Street.
Public collection loans will include artifacts from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York as well as several institutions in Connecticut including the Greenwich Historical Society, Norwalk Public Library, Norwalk Historical Society, Wilton Historical Society, Westport Public Art Collections, Bethel Public Library, Kent Historical Society, and Old Saybrook Historical Society to name a few.
The exhibition investigates what history can teach us about the Germ Theory, Civil War and its medical legacy, changes in nutrition and self-care, and the extraordinary breakthroughs in technology that rocked the medical establishment leading to the birth of modern medicine and public health.
This exploration will also bring to light unconventional treatments and rising addiction rates, which were pervasive in the 19th century through the unregulated and widespread access of popular and unregulated, over-the-counter “remedies” promising pain relief and improved health.
John Harley Warner, award-winning author and Avalon Professor of the History of Medicine at Yale University, served as the expert advisor for the exhibition, Health, Healing & Addiction in 19th Century America, which will be curated by Kathleen Motes Bennewitz and generously sponsored in part by CT Humanities.