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A Note From the Library: Facial Reconstruction in the 1940s and the Guinea Pig Club

Published by Lorca Jolene.  Tremendous advances in facial reconstructive and plastic surgery occurred during the 1940s due to the sheer number of World War II soldiers who sought treatment for disfiguring injuries that they sustained in combat. At the beginning of the war, surgeons would have prepared for such cases by consulting texts like Samuel … Continue reading A Note From the Library: Facial Reconstruction in the 1940s and the Guinea Pig Club

Quotes and Marginalia from Inside the Woman Doctor’s Life

The saddest part of the culmination of any research or creative project is realizing how many pieces will be left out of the final whole—whether for reasons of focus, relevancy, or space. Finding books that actually gave voice to the experiences of women in medicine was rare enough, so it is extra difficult to have to choose to elide some from the final work. And so, I’d like to offer a sampling of quotations from inspiring women physicians alongside some peeks into the pages of the books otherwise locked up in the glass cases of the museum library. Continue reading Quotes and Marginalia from Inside the Woman Doctor’s Life

Gilead Sciences pledges support of HIV/AIDS Advocacy Programming at the Museum

This is Gilead’s second major gift to the Museum this year. Gilead has supported previous HIV/AIDS advocacy related programming, including The Screening Room, and Then and Now: 35 Years of HIV/AIDS, and was the first sponsor to pledge support for the Museum’s forthcoming Gender Transition exhibit.  Continue reading Gilead Sciences pledges support of HIV/AIDS Advocacy Programming at the Museum

The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago donates to support the Museum’s forthcoming Gender Transition Exhibit

Gender development services at Lurie Children’s are outpatient services aimed at supporting the physical, mental and social health of patients and their families as youth progress through gender identity development. Continue reading The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago donates to support the Museum’s forthcoming Gender Transition Exhibit

Terri Kapsalis announced as Fall 2017 Artist in Residence

Kapsalis is the author of Jane Addams’ Travel Medicine Kit (Hull-House Museum), The Hysterical Alphabet (WhiteWalls) and Public Privates: Performing Gynecology from Both Ends of the Speculum (Duke University Press). Along with John Corbett and Anthony Elms, she co-edited Traveling the Spaceways: Sun Ra, the Astro Black, and Other Solar Myths (WhiteWalls) and Pathways to Unknown Worlds: Sun Ra, El Saturn, and Chicago’s Afro-futurist Underground (WhiteWalls) and co-curated the touring exhibition Pathways to Unknown Worlds. Continue reading Terri Kapsalis announced as Fall 2017 Artist in Residence