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The Friends of the Rare Book Room is a special group of contributors who for sixty years have supported public programs in the history of medicine, the acquisition and cataloging of historical scholarly material, and activities that make the Coller Rare Book Reading Room a center for scholarship in the history of medicine and public health and for the study of books and printing.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Bert Hansen, “Louis Pasteur: Exploring His Life in Art.”
Louis Pasteur (1822–1895), the French chemist who helped revolutionize medicine and public health, has usually been seen as a dour, rigid, and unsociable workaholic with no personal interests outside of the laboratory—even neglecting his devoted wife and children at times. That picture, however, is incomplete. New research shows that Pasteur was passionately engaged with art and artists from the age of thirteen until his death at age seventy-two. These activities, which took place over the course of an inordinately productive career in science, have not been traced by scholars nor acknowledged, even in passing, in the comprehensive biographies.
Dr. Bert Hansen, Ph.D., has been teaching history at Baruch College of CUNY since 1994, following appointments at Binghamton University (SUNY), New York University, and the University of Toronto. He holds degrees in chemistry (Columbia) and history of science (Princeton). Trained as a medievalist, Hansen’s first book was Nicole Oresme and the Marvels of Nature: A Critical Edition and Translation of "De causis mirabilium" (1985). Articles have examined obstetrics teaching in the 1860s, the new medical categorization of homosexuals in the 1890s, the advocacy for public health and sanitation in political cartoons from 1860 to 1900, and the popularity of medical history heroes in children’s comic books in the United States (1940s) and in Mexico (1960s and 1970s). His second book, Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio: A History of Mass Media Images and Popular Attitudes in America, was honored with an award from the Popular Culture Association and named to "2010 Best of the Best" for Public and Secondary School Libraries by the American Library Association.
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The 2013 John Stearns Legacy Society Luncheon will be held on October 31, 2013 at The New York Academy of Medicine. Frank Savage will be the featured presenter. This luncheon recognizes members of The John Stearns Legacy Society and honor those individuals who have remembered NYAM in their will and estate plans or who have given a minimum of $25,000 to an endowment fund.
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