Exhibits at Dana Explore History, Medicine and War

In Honor of Veterans Day, Dana Library takes a close look at Dr. John McCrae (1872-1918)

Image from McCrae exhibit a Dana

Dr. John McCrae wrote In Flanders Fields, the most widely known poem associated with World War I. He was a revered professor at UVM and we are proud to count him as part of our rich and deep history. From 1903 to 1911, he served as professor of pathology at UVM’s Medical College, traveling down on the train from Montreal. In his short 46 years, he had established himself as an esteemed physician and professor, as well as an accomplished writer and poet.

This exhibit, on display in Dana’s Main Hall, tells viewers about this fascinating man’s life as a physician, poet and soldier. In conjunction with this exhibit, in November, the Larner College of Medicine had a special visit from author Susan Raby-Dunne. She presented her most recent book, John McCrae: Beyond Flanders Fields, giving us a never-before-seen glimpse into McCrae’s participation in World War I.  Also read the Larner College of Medicine blog post on McCrae.

Dana hosts National Library of Medicine exhibit, Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine

Group of contraband working for the Union Army Courtesy  MOLLUS US Military History Institute

Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons, and hospital workers have often been overlooked. Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses, and how their service as medical providers challenged prescribed notions of race and gender pushing the boundaries of the role of African Americans in America.

Through historical images and period documents, the exhibit explores the life and experiences of surgeons Alexander T. Augusta and Anderson R. Abbott, and nurses Susie King Taylor and Ann Stokes as they provided medical care to soldiers and civilians while participating in the fight for freedom. “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries opens the door to this rarely studied part of history and brings a voice to those that have remained silent for nearly 150 years,” says Curator Jill L. Newmark. Learn more about this fascinating exhibit at the National Library of Medicine, Binding Wounds, web page.

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine with research assistance from The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Both exhibits are up through December 16, 2016. Question about these exhibits? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

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