Lecture Series Wraps Up

PISCATAWAY — The final two lectures in a four-part series about the History of Medicine in New Jersey between 1775 – 1975 will be held this spring.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, Anna N. Dhody will present Archaeo-Forensics, at East Jersey Olde Towne Village, 1050 River Road, Piscataway.


Dhody is the curator of the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, where they apply 21st century medical and forensic technology to solve historical mysteries like The Soap Lady. Learn about the Museum’s current collection, new projects, and specific collaborative projects the Mütter has engaged in with other academic and medical institutions including The Hyrtl Skull Scanning Project, The Fetal Scanning Project, and The Cholera DNA Project.

On Wednesday, May 11, Karen Reeds will presentA Yardful of Remedies! A Walking Tour of Medicinal Plants, at 6 p.m. on the grounds of the Cornelius Low House/Middlesex County Museum, 1225 River Road, Piscataway.

Plantains for wounds, wild cherries for coughs, sassafras for a spring tonic, skunk cabbage for asthma! For centuries, Raritan Valley inhabitants used the native and introduced medicinal plants around them to treat wounds and illness. The families who lived in the Cornelius Low House could turn to their own backyard for first aid. Many of those plants still grow in the lawns and woods around this historic house. Come walk the grounds and hear the stories of these herbal remedies.

The exhibition, Call the Doctor! Call the Nurse! History of Medicine in New Jersey, 1775 – 1975, is on display through June 26, 2011 at the Cornelius Low House Museum, 1225 River Road, Piscataway. It is open to the public Tuesday through Friday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Call 1-732-745-4177 for more information.

To register for the lectures, call 1-732-745-4489.

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