History of Urology Forum
Alice Dreger, PhD, medical historian/journalist and author of Galileo’s Middle Finger, has been pondering medical collections of human remains since even before she was given a courting gift of a mummified supernumerary finger by a third-year medical student. (Reader, they married.) This talk will explore the idea and practice of keeping and displaying human anatomical artifacts, particularly in quasi-medical contexts. Why would a urologist prize Napoleon’s penis, and why should we care if he’s got the right one?