Thursday, April 9, 2015

Monsters of Medicine

I visited the Teratology exhibit at Yale's Cushing Library earlier this week.  Interesting to note how varied the perceptions were of abnormality in the pre-modern/early modern era.  Doctors who generally cared for these patients, but who were just so, so insurmountably wrong in their approaches.  And then there were those who just completely dehumanized them, thought of anyone with abnormal features as monsters more than humans and gawked, mocked, collected. (apologies for the glare, which came out particularly monstrously on the last pic above).

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