Bruce Museum to Hold Science Lectures

A view of medical artifacts relating to radiation, including an early x-ray tube, on view in “The Dawn of Modern Medicine” exhibition at the Bruce Museum.

The Bruce Museum will host two presentations that will provide insights into breakthroughs in the field of medicine in the 19th century – and how these once-revolutionary concepts were accepted as their risks and potential became fully understood.

The lectures complement an engrossing exhibition now on view in the Museum’s Science Gallery, “The Dawn of Modern Medicine: Selections from the Medical Artifact Collection of M. Donald Blaufox, MD, PhD.”

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Dr. Blaufox will speak about “Changing Concepts of Radioactivity and Health.” Blaufox is Professor and University Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine as well as a former Chairman of the American Board of Nuclear Medicine. His lecture will review the uses of radioactivity for selected medical and commercial purposes and the events that led to the recognition of its dangers.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dr. Paola Bertucci will present “Shocking Bodies: Electricity and Medicine in the 18th Century.” Bertucci is Associate Professor of History and History of Medicine and Curator of the History of Science and Technology Division, Peabody Museum, Yale University.

Reservations are required for both lectures and may be made by clicking on the “Reservations” button at The lectures are free for Museum members and students with ID; $15 for non-members. The Museum will open at 6:20 p.m.; light refreshments will precede the lectures, which begin at 7 p.m.

“The Dawn of Modern Medicine,” will be on view in the Museum’s Science Gallery through April 7.

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