Medical History in the USA - Jon Baines Tours

Medical History in the USA

24 Apr - 5 May 2021
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

This fascinating tour looks at the social and medical history in North America from the 17th century to the present day. Many significant medical advances took place in North America and the tour follows this narrative from Boston to New York, Philadelphia and Washington. The tour is led by the popular and expert team of Natasha McEnroe as tour leader and Simon Chaplin as speaker. You will be travelling throughout Virginia and Washington at a beautiful time of year.

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Your tour leader

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Natasha McEnroe

Natasha McEnroe is the Keeper of Medicine at the Science Museum in South Kensington, London. Her previous post was Director of the Florence Nightingale Museum, and prior to this was Museum Manager of the Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy and Curator of the Galton Collection at University College London. From 1997 – 2007, she was Curator of Dr Johnson’s House in London’s Fleet Street, and has also worked for the National Trust and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Natasha was co-editor of The Hospital in the Oatfield – The Art of Nursing in the First World War (2014); The Tyranny of Treatment: Samuel Johnson, His Friends and Georgian Medicine (2003); and editor of Medicine: An Imperfect Science(2019) and co-editor of The Medicine Cabinet(2019). Her research interests focus on 18th and 19th-century medical humanities. Natasha is a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Barbers.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 24 April (Sat) Boston: Arrive and transfer to the hotel
  • 25 April (Sun) Boston: Visit the Countway Medical Library and Warren Anatomical Museum. Visit Massachusetts General Hospital’s Ether Dome and the Paul Russell Museum. Talk: ‘Linda Richards, America’s first trained nurse’ - Natasha McEnroe. Welcome dinner
  • 26 April (Mon) Boston: Sightseeing tour of Boston, including Liberty Hall and Bunker Hill. Continue to Cambridge and Harvard. Visit Harvard Museum of Natural History Museum Glass Flowers exhibition and the Historical Scientific Instrument Collection. Meet with North America Medical History Traveler's Society. Joint talk: ‘John Hunter’s American Pupils’ - Simon Chaplin
  • 27 April (Tues) Boston / New York: Drive to New York via Yale with visits to the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, the Beinecke Rare Books Library and the Peabody Museum. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Talk: ‘New York: City of Contagion’ - Simon Chaplin
  • 28 April (Wed) New York: A short walking tour lower Manhattan. Visit the Tenement Museum and learn about the history of infectious disease in Manhattan from typhoid to HIV/AIDS. Cruise to Ellis Island and see the Statue of Liberty
  • 29 April (Thurs) New York: Visit the New York Academy of Medicine. Continue to the Museum of the City of New York. Afternoon at leisure – choice of visits to New York's superb museums and galleries, including Guggenheim, Met, MoMA, American Museum of Natural History, NYPL etc. Evening at leisure with options for a Broadway Show or a dinner cruise
  • 30 April (Fri) New York / Philadelphia: Drive to Philadelphia via Pennsbury Manor. Visit to Pennsylvania Hospital; see the historic operating theatre and the historic collections. Talk: Jan van Rymsdyk’s anatomical art - Simon Chaplin
  • 1 May (Sat) Philadelphia: Visit the Mutter Museum of Anatomical Medicine and the College of Physicians Library and garden. At leisure (options to visit Liberty Bell/Independence Hall, the Science History Institute or Wagner Free Institute)
  • 2 May (Sun) Philadelphia / Washington: Drive to Washington via Baltimore and a visit to the Samuel D Harris Museum of Dentistry. Visit National Museum of Health & Medicine and coach tour of Washington
  • 3 May (Mon) Washington: Visit Clara Barton Missing Soldiers’ Office Museum. Talk: ‘The Birth of the American Red Cross’ - Natasha McEnroe. Afternoon at leisure with options to visit the National Museum of African American history, The Smithsonian, The National Air and Space Museum, etc
  • 4 May (Tues) Washington: Drive out to Virginia and visit Jamestown and travel onto Colonial Williamsburg
  • 5 May (Wed) Washington: Depart Washington or extend

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