Book Talk: Counting Backwards by Henry Jay Przybylo, M.D.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
6:00PM – 8:00PM
“I erase consciousness, deny memories, steal time, immobilize the body; I alter heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing.” —Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo
Join us at the Museum for an evening with Henry Jay Przybylo, M.D. as he discusses his new book, Counting Backwards: A Doctor’s Notes on Anesthesia. Dr. Przybylo’s book will be available for purchase and his talk and reading will be followed by Q&A and book signing.
Anesthesia is one of the most common procedures in medicine, but also one of the most mysterious. Each year some 40 million Americans are delivered into unconsciousness by the application of a mix of gases, then brought back to reality after their surgical intervention is complete, usually with no memory at all of what they’ve been through.
“An engaging and illuminating exploration of the invisible medical specialty that is anesthesia. We may seem to float effortlessly into an ether-world of unconsciousness during anesthesia, but Dr. Przybylo gives us a cockpit view of the human hands that pull the levers of our physiology. Counting Backwards pulls back the veil on the very act of being alive.” —Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, author of What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear and Editor-in-Chief of the Bellevue Literary Review.
Artist Talk and Opening Reception: Marilène Oliver
Monday, December 4th, 2017
5:00PM – 7:30PM
Please join us Monday, December 4th at 5:00pm for the opening reception of RE-STITCHED AND RE-TOUCHED: MATERIALIZING THE MEDICAL DATA BODY by Marilene Oliver. Marilène Oliver works at a crossroads somewhere between new digital technologies, traditional print and sculpture, her finished objects bridging the virtual and the real worlds. She works with the body translated into data form in order to understand how it has become ‘unfleshed’, in the hope of understanding who or what it has become. Oliver uses various scanning technologies, such as MRI, CT and PET, to reclaim the interior of the body and create works that allow is to materially contemplate our increasingly digitized selves.
Artist Talk begins at 5:30pm. Light refreshments provided. Alcohol served with valid ID, 21+.
Megan Wells: An Evening with Florence Nightingale
Thursday, December 7, 2017
6:30PM – 8:30PM
Join us for a remarkable evening with Megan Wells as she performs the story of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, at the International Museum of Surgical Science. Be swept away into the noteworthy history of Nightingale during the Crimean War. This enchanting evening will include live period music, many photographic opportunities with Florence Nightingale, and a chance to explore the rare collection of the International Museum of Surgical Science, including original letters written by Florence Nightingale herself.
Megan Wells is a story artist and a theater artist. She creates the warm intimacy of storytelling, and more. Megan infuses characters with living souls and delivers the experience with delicious theatrical timing. An award-winning storyteller, Megan performs in museums and symphonies, enhances education for thousands of children, entertains families in festivals and libraries, and helps executives, actors and storytellers craft powerful stories to effect change. She is the recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award, National Storytelling Network, the Joseph Jefferson Award for Direction, the Education Press, the Distinguished Achievement Award, CD FIRE IN BOOMTOWN, the Parent’s Choice GOLD, CD FIRE IN BOOMTOWN, and the Parent’s Choice 25 best of 25 years, CD FIRE IN BOOMTOWN.
Candlelit Historic Home Tours
Friday, December 15 & Wednesday, December 20, 2017
6:00PM – 8:30PM
Please join us for this special, holiday after-hours tour of the International Museum of Surgical Science’s historic land-marked mansion on Lakeshore Drive. Also known as the Eleanor Countiss House, 1524 N Lakeshore Drive was supervised by its singular mistress from the Spring of 1917 until her death in the home on the early morning of March 20, 1931.
The International Museum of Surgical Science invites you on its beloved candlelit tour of the historic Countiss Residence. Bathed in warm candlelight, this unique exploration of 1524 will delve into the architecture of the space and the lives of its original occupants.
A complimentary reception follows the tour and lite fare will be served.
No refunds will be provided for this event. All guests must arrive at least 5 minutes prior to the start of the tour. Late guests will not be admitted.
These are hour-long walking tours and guests will be asked to summit 4 flights of stairs.If you or any one in your party requires special accommodations, such as elevator or wheel-chair ramp access, please call or email ahead.