The Monstrous, Fabled & Factual: Exploring the Meaning of ‘Monster,’ 1500-1900 – October 26, 2015

Monday, October 26, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Free
Reservations required. RSVP here

https://i0.wp.com/www.cppdigitallibrary.org/files/fullsize/75ad72cef934227a643571d86182c9c6.jpgWhat is a monster? Today, one often thinks of large, fantastical – and often frightening – creatures when one hears the word ‘monster.’ The meaning of ‘monster’ has changed seemingly little over the years. However, at one time, ‘monster’ was used also to describe people with medical anomalies, not just fabulous creatures out of legends.

As part of Archives Month Philly, The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia will be displaying materials that explore what it meant to be a ‘monster’ in the 16th through the early 20th centuries and how the use of the term has changed – at least in the medical world.

This event is free, but reservations are required. Space is limited to 30 attendees. A behind-the-scenes tour of the library stacks is included with this event.

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