Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries

An opening reception for the new National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine” will take place Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 4:30 to 6 PM at the Wayne State University‘s Shiffman Medical Library.  The exhibit can be viewed until April 28, 2012 as part of the Spring 2012 Arts in the Atrium program sponsored by Shiffman Medical Library and the WSU School of Medicine.  

“Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers have often been overlooked.  Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their work as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender.”    -from the program flyer

A Community Educational Program will take place Saturday April 14, 2012 at the Margherio Family Conference Center.   Topics on the agenda include, among others, African Americans & the Civil War, Medicine in Detroit in the 1860′s, and The Civil War and Nursing.  The special guest speaker will be Jeff O’Den, historical documentary filmmaker.

Find out a lot more about this subject and this exhibit at http://lib.wayne.edu/bw.

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