Science Lecture: Shocking Bodies: Electricity and medicine in the eighteenth century

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Tuesday February 5

6:30 PM  –  8:00 PM

Dr. Paola Bertucci

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

"Shocking Bodies: Electricity and medicine in the eighteenth century"

Electrical experiments were all the rage in the eighteenth century. Before the invention of electric bulbs, batteries, or currents, the vivid light of electric sparks was employed to stage spectacular attractions for learned and lay audiences. This talk will illuminate the connections between the first uses of electricity in medicine and the fashionable performances that literally electrified audience members and their bodies.

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

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