September 26, 2013

UAB lecture to focus on medical museums in the South

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The development of medical museums in the antebellum American South is the topic of the Reynolds Historical Lecture Series. Stephen C. Kenny, Ph.D., professor of history at the University of Liverpool, will present the lecture at noon Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013.

Kenny is an expert in North American history of the 19th and 20th centuries. Much of his research focuses on slavery and the development of professional medicine in the American South, including medical education, hospitals, anatomy, medical museums and surgery.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is home to the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences, part of UAB Historical Collections that consists of the museum, the Reynolds Historical Library and UAB Archives. Kenny is a 2013 Reynolds Fellow. 

The Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences holds instruments, specimens and models used by health care professionals throughout the world and represents 700 years of medicine and ill health. Experience the history of medicine including its immeasurable progress and devastating challenges through these instructive artifacts of health and healing.

The lecture will be held in the Edge of Chaos, fourth floor of the Lister Hill Library, 1700 University Blvd.  It is free and open to the public. A limited number of box lunches will be provided. Continuing medical education (CME) credit is available. The lecture is hosted by the Reynolds Associates and UAB Historical Collections.

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