“Good Old Hospital Stink” – at Illinois Wesleyan University
October 30, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm| Free
Spend the evening with medical historian (and IWU alum) Lindsey Fitzharris as she sheds light on the brutal and bloody world of Victorian surgery—a place definitely not for the squeamish. She discusses how surgeons, working before anesthesia, were lauded for their speed and brute strength. They rarely washed their hands or their instruments, and carried with them a cadaverous smell of rotting flesh, which those in the profession cheerfully referred to as “good old hospital stink.”
Her book, The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine, will be available for signing after the program. The event is free but you must register HERE.
Painting: Christopher Fisher.