Monday, October 12 at 7PM
CRISTIN O'KEEFE APTOWICZ
in conversation with
Mellick T. Sykes
Dr. Mutter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine
Online orders for this title will end at 3pm CST Monday, October 12th. This title will be available in the store before and during the event with the author. Online sales will resume at 9am CST Tuesday, October 13th. Signed books will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
In celebration of the paperback release of the New York Times best-selling nonfiction book Dr. Mutter's Marvels, author Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz will be in-conversation with Archivist from the Texas Surgical Society and a Clinical Professor of Surgery, Mellick T. Sykes, MD. In addition to lively talk about the life and times of Dr. Thomas Dent Mutter (founder of the (in)famous Mutter Museum of medical oddities in Philadelphia) and the oftentimes treacherous (and fascinating) world of medicine and surgery during the 19th century, the Texas Medical Association will be bringing vintage surgical tools, ether masks and other artifacts of 19th century medicine to showcase. Join us!
Imagine undergoing an operation without anesthesia performed by a surgeon who refuses to sterilize his tools—or even wash his hands. This was the world of medicine when Thomas Dent Mütter began his trailblazing career as a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia during the middle of the nineteenth century.
Although he died at just forty-eight, Mütter was an audacious medical innovator who pioneered the use of ether as anesthesia, the sterilization of surgical tools, and a compassion-based vision for helping the severely deformed, which clashed spectacularly with the sentiments of his time.
Brilliant, outspoken, and brazenly handsome, Mütter was flamboyant in every aspect of his life. He wore pink silk suits to perform surgery, added an umlaut to his last name just because he could, and amassed an immense collection of medical oddities that would later form the basis of Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum.
ABOUT CRISTIN O'KEEFE APTOWICZ
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz NYC-based Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is the founder and host of the three-time National Poetry Slam Championship venue, NYC-Urbana. Cristin has published five books of poetry and Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam - a Washington Post Notable Book on Exploring Poetry. Her poetry has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendencies and Rattle. This touring poet-diva has performed the Sydney Opera House in Australia and The Drums Inside Your Chest in LA.