Get Me Out: Childbirth in Early 20th Century NYC

Randi Hutter Epstein, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 6:30pm

New York Academy of Medicine (New York, NY)

1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029


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 exploresthe 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.
Following her lecture, Epstein will be joined in conversation by Peter Schafer, Acting Director of Family Health and Disparities at the New York Academy of Medicine.
This event is presented in collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York and supported by a grant from Humanities New York.
Attendance is free; advanced registration required.