Health and Medicine on Display: International Expositions in by Julie K. Brown

By Julie K. Brown

International expositions, with their big assembling of shows and audiences, have been the media occasions in their time. In transmitting a brand new tradition of visibility that merged details, leisure, and trade, they supplied a different chance for the general public to detect numerous social and technological advances. With well-being and drugs on exhibit, Julie Brown bargains the 1st book-length exam of ways overseas expositions, via their indicates and infrastructures, sought to illustrate thoughts in utilized overall healthiness and clinical perform. Brown investigates not just how indicates translated health and wellbeing and clinical info into visible shape but additionally how exposition websites in city settings (an exposition was once "a urban inside of a urban" occasionally in clash with municipal specialists) supplied emergency clinical remedy, entry to secure water, and defense opposed to infectious ailments. Brown seems to be at 4 expositions held in Philadelphia, Chicago, Buffalo, and St. Louis among 1876 and 1904, spanning the Gilded Age and the early reform years of the innovative period. She describes the 1904 St. Louis exposition specifically element, having a look heavily on the websites and providers in addition to chosen shows (including operating version playground, dwell X-ray demonstrations, and a rescue movie by way of the U.S. Navy). Many rigorously researched illustrations, such a lot by no means earlier than released (with supplementary photos on hand at the MIT Press website), vividly display the position that those exhibitions performed in framing and shaping overall healthiness matters for his or her audiences.

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J. Woodward was a selection of pathological specimens (wall cases at right) from the Army Medical Museum’s extensive collection of normal and pathological histology. A. Room 2: View of Models of Hospitals, No. 5 cm. Otis Historical Archives, album “Hospital of the Medical Department United States Army Photographs International Exposition, 1876,” National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington, DC. 77 Among the vehicles in the outdoor display was a reconstruction of the special transport wagon designed by T.

Pepper, now speaking as president of that event, drew delegates’ attention to the achievements in health in the years since Philadelphia’s 1876 International Medical Congress. ”81 The 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition | | 41 | | 3 | P R E V E N T I N G F E A R A N D PA N I C : T H E 1 8 9 3 CHICAGO WORLD’S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION Of all the things that troubled the minds and imaginations of the Exposition management—directors, officers, and employ[e]es— the fear of panic, injury, loss of lives of visitors or employ[e]es, or of extortionate practices which might give the city a bad name, were the most constant and unremitting.

22 Still, it included a waiting room, an office for the director and secretary, a room for the resident physician, two wards, one each for female and male, two bathrooms, and a private room for the nurse. 1 | The Centennial Exhibition’s hospital, located over a stream draining the Lansdowne Ravine, flies the white flag bearing the Geneva Cross; the American flag has “Centennial Medical Department” printed on the line just below the stars. Medical director Dr. William Pepper stands in the doorway on the left, and other unidentified staff members are at the windows.

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