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Clinical medicine hasn’t always been as, well, clinical as it is now — visions of Rembrandt’s operating theater–as–
social hall come to mind. Just take a look at the adorable woodcuts of anthropomorphic mandrakes and recipes to cure “bite of the mad dog” nestled within the tomes of the New York Academy of Medicine’s Rare Book Library. Tonight marks the beginning of Atlas Obscura’s weird and wonderful “After Hours” series, a five-part lecture taking place on site at the library. Monthly installments will go in depth to explore “Anatomical Illustrations” and “Medical Photography,” among other esoteric topics. Tonight’s introductory lecture explores the academy’s role in New York City public health, from sanitation to maternity and drug regulation. Sessions are capped off at an intimate twenty people per, so don’t miss this rare chance to spend time in the gorgeous library and see manuscripts dating back to the seventeenth century.

Thu., March 26, 6:30 p.m., 2015

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