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Get Me Out: Childbirth in Early 20th Century NYC
August 22, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm| Free
Although the development of germ theory in the 1880s shed light on the origins of childbed fever, which often killed women in the days after delivery, not much could be done to save lives until the advent of antibiotics in the 1940s. In the first program in our series, Who Controls Women’s Health?: A Century of Struggle, medical writer Randi Hutter Epstein explores the approaches taken in the interim by doctors, medical charlatans, and feminist activists, which demonstrate what can happen when the origins of a condition are debated, and its cure unknown. This program was funded in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant.