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Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz | Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine

Tue, September 16, 2014 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

In conversation with F. Michael Angelo, M.A., University Archivist and Head of Historic Collections, Thomas Jefferson University

Granted unprecedented access to Philadelphia’s famous museum of medical oddities, specimens, and antique medical equipment, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz has penned an in-depth and revelatory biography of its eccentric and brilliant founder, Thomas Dent Mütter. Once described as the “P.T. Barnum of the surgery room,” the flamboyant and forward-thinking Mütter helped established Philadelphia as the epicenter for global medical innovation. A museum exhibit based on the book will open on the same day as the book’s release. Aptowicz is also the author of six books of poetry, as well as another book of nonfiction, Words in Your Face: Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam

Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-567-4341