You are cordially invited to the Annual Program of the Friends of the Health Sciences Library On Monday, October 6th, 2014. Dr. Brandy Schillace, Research Associate at the Dittrick Medical History Center and Sages Teaching Fellow at Case Western Reserve University, will speak on “Naissance Macabre: Birth, Death and Female Anatomy. The danse macabre, or dance of death, features whirling skeletons and other personifications of death stalking the living. These images appeared regularly in the medieval period, particularly after outbreaks of bubonic plague. One of the salient features was death and life pictured together, frequently in the form of a young and beautiful woman. The juxtaposition symbolized how fleeting life could be, and served as a warning against vice and vanity. While death and the maiden might remind viewers of their own mortality, another set of images became far more instructive to the preservation of life: death and the mother—the anatomy of the pregnant womb. In this talk, Dr. Schillace, author of Death’s Summer Coat, will discuss historical approaches to death in western culture and western medicine. How did we arrive at our current understanding of death, anatomy, the body, and all the relationships therein? What might our past tell us about our present–and our future? If you would like to attend the program, please fill out the response form below and return to Linda Lohr, History of Medicine, Health Sciences Library, B5 Abbott Hall, 3435 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214 by September, 24, 2014.
We hope to see you there!
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