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Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine

Photo of Alexander T. Augusta with the text Avrican Americans in Civil War Medicine

University Libraries will host the Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine traveling exhibit from March 20, 2012 through April 24, 2012. The exhibit, developed by National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, will be on display in the Garden Lounge of the Leslie F. Malpass Library. The exhibit will be available for viewing during regular library hours, which can be found at www.wiu.edu/libraries.

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine is a six panel exhibit that 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. “We will be finishing up our last Let’s Talk About It book discussion on April 5th, and the Binding Wounds exhibit will be a nice addition to the conversation” according to Phyllis Self, Dean of University Libraries.

In addition to panel exhibit, Dr. Don Dexter’s collection of surgical instruments from that time frame will be on display through April 24, 2012. Dr. Jerry Spolar’s dental chair from the Civil War will be on display April 2nd through April 6th. “University Libraries is honored to display these wonderful local artifacts. I would encourage the public to come to the Malpass Library to see them”, said Self.

A reception, which is open to the public, will be held on Thursday, April 5th from 6-7 p.m. prior to the final Let’s Talk About It book discussion in the Garden Lounge.

Please contact Tammy Sayles, Marketing and Outreach Librarian at tj-sayles@wiu.edu or by calling 209-298-3298 if you have any questions.