Science Lecture: Doctors, Patients, and the Physical Examination

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Tuesday April 2

6:30 PM  –  8:00 PM

Lecture by Dr. Edmonson. Light refreshments precede the lecture, which begins at 7:00 pm.

"Doctors, Patients, and the Physical Examination"


In this lecture Dr. Edmonson explores how new diagnostic technologies, beginning with the stethoscope, transformed the physical exam. In 1800 doctors seldom touched their patients, and even felt that they could diagnose disease just by reading patient's letter describing their illness.  A century later, diagnosis involves a thorough physical examination and extensive use of instruments. How did that fundamental change in the doctor-patient relationship happen?


Members and students with ID, free; non-members $15. The Museum is open at 6:20 pm. Reservations required.

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