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Cure You or Kill You: 19th Century Medical Science and Quackery

October 8, 2014 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 pm

| $10

Date: Wednesday, October 8th
Time: 7.30
Admission: $10 ( Tickets Here )

Part of New York Super Week

Free ” Defender” beer will be generously provided by our Sponsor Brooklyn Brewery.

Do hot toddies cure typhoid? Was alternating current really what killed Topsy the Elephant? And just what was in William Swaim’s famous panacea? If you’ve ever wondered how arsenic and sarsaparilla could be legitimately prescribed by doctors, or how we ended up using nitrous oxide as entertainment in museum exhibits, this night is for you. A quirky romp through medical history will involve a cemetery-themed game of life, testing hot toddies as a medical cure, and fascinating demos from The Franklin Institute Traveling Science team on electricity and the heavy metal rumored to be wealthy widows’ favorite murder weapon. There is also a chance to win a great prize if you can manage to “survive” until the end.

Alexis received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and European History from Temple University and her Masters in Arts & Humanities from Arcadia University. She manages marketing and programming for the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Laurel Hill Cemetery as a historic site. As a fan of history, Alexis enjoys sharing the stories of the cemetery’s varied “residents” and no, she has not yet seen a ghost.


October 8, 2014
7:30 am - 10:30 pm
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