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From Chaos to Creatures: Pregnancy and Embryology in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century America

Shannon Withycombe
Friday, April 21, 2017
10:00-11:30 AM
3512 Haven Hall Map
In the early nineteenth century, American physicians and scientists referred to the objects included within pregnancy utilizing a variety of terms, including chaos, fruit, and “useless beings.” A hundred years later, most American medical officials agreed on a universal, standard interpretation of pregnancy that included “baby” within the pregnant woman. This talk will begin to explore the conceptual, medical, political, and social changes that transformed pregnancy, and the bodies involved, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, exploring the role of physicians, early embryologists, pregnant women, and public health officials.
Building: Haven Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Discussion
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Department of American Culture, The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts