Exhibit, lecture exploring lives of 19th century physicians coming to TROY's Dothan Campus

Posted: Tuesday, 15 July 2014

DOTHAN - The practice of medicine in the days before antibiotics and anesthesia will be the focus of an exhibit and lecture hosted by Troy University at the Dothan Campus.

The exhibit "The Henkel Physicians: A Family's Life in Letters," developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, is currently on display inside the library at the Dothan Campus. The exhibit includes selections from the letters and writings of the Henkel family, several generations of physicians who settled in the New Market, Virginia, area in 1790.

The letters of the Henkel family richly document the daily life of men in medicine in the 19th century and reveal the challenges, rewards and responsibilities of the profession. Covering more than a century of life in the Shenandoah Valley, this exhibition features a selection of writings that detail local events, professional jealousies, the national crisis of the Civil War and the dramatic testimony of the Henkel physicians in a murder trial.

Troy University history professor Dr. Karen Ross will deliver a lecture in conjunction with the exhibit on Tuesday, July 22, at 7 p.m. inside the Harrison Room in Malone Hall. Dr. Ross will discuss the historical context of the Henkel family physicians in relation to the patients and practitioners of the South.

Admission to both the lecture and exhibit are free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on display through the first week of August.

Dr. Ross joined the Department of History in 2008 and teaches American history, history of medicine, and history of science on the Troy Campus. Her research focuses on the development of American biomedicine in the early twentieth century.

For more information about the exhibit or lecture, contact Dothan Campus library director Dr. Christopher Shaffer at (334) 983-6556, ext. 1320 or shafferc@troy.edu.