October 15: Anatomy and its Legacies: Artistic, Ethical, Scientific

By , September 23, 2014

The Center for the History of Medicine and the Ackerman Program on Medicine and Culture present:

Anatomy and its Legacies: Artistic, Ethical, Scientific


Anatomists throughout history have worked to discover new angles of approach to the human body in order to reach the fullest understanding of its complexities. In this symposium, our four speakers endeavor to do the same, coming from different perspectives to examine the complex history of anatomical study. Join us as we examine anatomy through the lenses of ethics, art, and science.

Christina J. Hodge and Michele E. Morgan will outline the osteological, archaeological, and archival approaches to studying the collection of anatomized skeletal material found under Harvard’s Holden Chapel to illuminate the social and institutional contexts of early nineteenth-century anatomization. Naomi Slipp will look at anatomy from an artistic perspective, examining the materials produced by Dr. Henry Jacob Bigelow and artist Oscar Wallis as an example of the collaboration of 19th-century American art and medicine. And Sabine Hildebrandt, an internationally recognized expert on the ethics and history of anatomy in National Socialist Germany, will discuss the ethics of Eduard Pernkopf’s anatomy studies.


“Teachings of the Dead: The Archaeology of Anatomized Remains from Holden Chapel, Harvard University”
Christina J. Hodge
Academic Curator and Collections Manager of the Stanford University Archaeology Collections, and Museum Associate at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University
Michele E. Morgan
Museum Curator of Osteology and Paleoanthropology & Senior Osteologist at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University

“A Collaborative Endeavor: Oscar Wallis & Henry Jacob Bigelow’s Anatomical Teaching Illustrations”
Naomi Slipp
2014-15 Barra Foundation Fellow in American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and PhD candidate in the Department of the History of Art & Architecture at Boston University

“Ethical transgressions in anatomy during the Third Reich: The Pernkopf story”
Sabine Hildebrandt
Assistant Professor in the Department of General Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School



October 15, 2014
6:00-7:30 PM

Minot Room, fifth floor
Countway Library of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck St.
Boston, MA 02115

This event is free and open to the public.
Registration is required.
To register, click here.
For questions, email ContactCHoM@hms.harvard.edu or call 617-432-2170.

Light refreshments will be served prior to the symposium, starting at 5:15 PM.

One Response to “October 15: Anatomy and its Legacies: Artistic, Ethical, Scientific”

  1. Andra Langoussis says:

    Yes you can! This event is free and open to everyone. Please register at http://bit.ly/1rrHMpW. We look forward to seeing you there!

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