What: Le Docteur Is In: Medicine and Malady in Turn of the Century French Culture
When: Thursday, March 7th, 2013, at 7:00 PM
Who: Michaela Marin, Associate Professor, Foreign Languages and Literatures and
Susan McCready, Professor, Foreign Languages and Literatures
Where:True’s Midtown (click here for map)
Doctors had long been the butt of the joke in France: charlatans and grifters with educational standards somewhere between those of bakers and barbers. But over time, doctors professionalized. By the late nineteenth century, a serious hygiene movement was underway: the “art” of medicine was transforming itself into a “science” and vague symptoms were being organized by the new medical professionals into diseases with names and treatments.
Part One: What’s in a name?
How does naming a condition transform a physical state into a “symptom”?
Is language an infectious agent?
Part Two: Huckster or Hygienist?
How were anxieties over the new science of medicine and the status of doctors reflected in literature? Is laughter the best medicine?
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Science cafés are live—and lively—events that take place in casual settings such as pubs and coffeehouses, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic.
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