“Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine,” an Illustrated lecture and book signing with author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz
Date: Wednesday, September 10th
Admission: $5 ( Tickets Here )
***Copies of “Dr. Mütter’s Marvels” will be available for sale and signing
Tonight, join author and poet Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz for the story of Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter, the man behind Philadelphia’s iconic Mütter Museum, widely considered to be America’s finest medical museum.
Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter (1811-1850) was a dazzling young American surgeon who practiced in pre-Civil War Philadelphia. Brilliant, ambitious, and so flamboyantly outspoken that a student once described him as the “[P.T.] Barnum of the surgery room,” Mütter was a revolutionary figure whose compassion-based philosophies and passion for helping the severely deformed clashed with the constraints of his time.
Tonight, learn about the man behind the museum – a brilliant doctor who rose to the challenges of helping the severely deformed when others saw them only as “monsters,” and who amassed a vast collection of medical oddities that would later become the foundation for one of the most (in)famous museums in the world.
Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is the author of six books of poetry (including Dear Future Boyfriend, Hot Teen Slut, Working Class Represent, Oh, Terrible Youth and Everything is Everything) as well as the nonfiction book, Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam, which Billy Collins wrote “leaves no doubt that the slam poetry scene has achieved legitimacy and taken its rightful place on the map of contemporary literature.”