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"Old Herbals, New Readers": 29th Annual Bishop Lecture on Thursday, April 9, 2015

April 9, 2015
Spina alba [White thistle]

Spina alba [White thistle] from Tractatus de Herbis. Barcelona, España: M. Moleiro Editor, [2011]

Reception sponsored by the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Reception sponsored by the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

July 22, 2015:  The Art of Healing:  Early Herbals from the Rutgers University Libraries, the spring exhibition at Special Collections and University Archives, has been extended through Saturday, September 5, 2015.  For more information, click here.

Rutgers University Libraries welcome all to attend the 29th annual Louis Faugères Bishop III Lecture, “Old Herbals, New Readers,” which will be delivered by Dr. Karen Reeds, Ph.D., F.L.S. on April 9, 2015.

Dr. Reeds will draw on examples of early herbals in the Libraries’ rare book collections to examine the continuing appeal of these medical books across the centuries. Why is the ancient Greek physician Dioscorides still cited as an authority on the uses of medicinal plants? What do the markings and dried plants in early printed herbals tell us about the ways doctors, patients, pharmacists, gardeners, and botanists have used these books from the Renaissance to our own day? What accounts for the resurgence of interest in herbals and the practice of herbal medicine in recent years?

Dr. Reeds, a Harvard-trained historian of science and medicine, is a member of the Princeton Research Forum, a fellow of the Linnaean Society of London and past president of the Medical History Society of New Jersey. In addition to her many papers and four books on the history of botany, scientific illustration, biomedical sciences and New Jersey medicine, Dr. Reeds has mounted exhibitions on veterans’ health, Linnaeus and the New World, New Jersey’s medical heritage, and botanical art. Currently, Dr. Reeds is writing a book about eighteenth-century New Jersey, as observed by the naturalist Peter Kalm.

This year’s Bishop Lecture coincides with the opening of a major exhibition entitled The Art of Healing:  Early Herbals from the Rutgers University Libraries. This exhibition is a collaboration between Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, the History of Medicine Special Collections at the George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and the Chrysler Herbarium at Rutgers. The books on display range from sixteenth-century editions of Dioscorides to Elizabeth Blackwell’s beautifully-illustrated A Curious Herbal (1739) to self-treatment guides from nineteenth-century America, as well as early editions of classic European herbals by Otto Brunfels, John Gerard, and Nicolas Culpeper, among others.

For more information about the lecture or exhibition, please contact Fernanda Perrone, Exhibitions Coordinator, by email or at 848-932-6154.

Old Herbals, New Readers
The 29th annual Louis Faugères Bishop III Lecture
Delivered by Dr. Karen Reeds

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 4 p.m.
Scholarly Communication Center Teleconference Lecture Hall
Fourth Floor, Archibald S. Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ

Followed by a reception.

RSVP by email or call 848-932-7505. Please indicate whether a parking pass will be required.