Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 28, at 7 P.M. at Housing Works bookstore cafe:
A few blink-and-you’ll-miss-it micro-lectures on a medical movie called Plastic Reconstruction of the Face (1918), malaria pinup calendars (!), and—by your friend and humble narrator—dentists’ hand silhouettes, all in celebration of the publication of Hidden Treasure.
Directions, details HERE.
An incomparably beautiful compendium “showcasing astonishing and rare” oddities and arcana from the National Library of Medicine—chromolithographs from the Atlas of Skin Diseases, magic lantern slides, Stereoscopic Pictures for Cross-Eyed Children (1942), Health and Hygiene Puzzle Blocks from the Number 10 Shanghai Toy Factory in 1960s “Red China,” an 1839 lithograph illustrating the postmortem examination of a man (?) with sexually ambiguous genitalia, a 1924 German tract extolling the virtues of nudism—Hidden Treasure is a cabinet of wonders between two covers: 450 unforgettable images, accompanied by brief essays, that constitute a medical travelog through the intimately alien landscapes of the human body rendered monstrous by injury, disease, or congenital deformity.