Lecture at ECU on photography in 19th century printed medical books

Contributed by Marlena Rose

On September 23 at 4:30PM, East Carolina University’s Laupus Library will host “Ink and Silver: Medicine, Photography, and the Printed Book,” a lecture given by Dr. Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD, Section Head, Rare Books & Early Manuscripts, History of Medicine Division, United States National Library of Medicine.

This lecture is part of the Ruth and John Moskop History of Medicine lecture series and is hosted by the Medical History Interest Group.

Ink and Silver: Medicine, Photography, and the Printed Book, 1845-1900 will address the use of photography in 19th century printed medical books, from both technological and aesthetic viewpoints. Four central benchmarks will be examined: Alfred Donné's Cours de microscopie (1844-45), which used daguerreotypes to create etched printing plates; the pioneering psychiatrist Hugh Diamond, who as early as 1850 not only photographed his patients but arranged for lithographs of their physiognomies to be printed alongside his articles on their diagnosis and treatment; the work of the pioneering neurologist Guillaume Duchenne du Boulogne, who illustrated his books with hundreds of tipped-in albumen prints; and the Army Surgeon-General’s Library (fore-runner of the National Library of Medicine), whose profusely illustrated medical history of the Civil War pushed the existing book arts to their limits. Illustration sources include the NLM’s History of Medicine Division, as well as other institutions such as the Royal College of Physicians.

Stephen Greenberg received his doctorate in Early Modern History from Fordham University in 1983 with a dissertation on early printing and publishing. After teaching for several years, he returned to school and earned his library degree from Columbia University in 1991, specializing in Rare Books and Archival Management. Since 1992, he has worked in the History of Medicine Division at the US National Library of Medicine (one of the constituents of the National Institutes of Health), where he is currently Head of the Rare Books and Early Manuscripts Section. His research and publications span a number of fields, including the history of printing and publishing, the social history of medicine, the history of medical librarianship, and the history of medical photography.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. The lecture will also feature a pop-up display.

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