Medical Sydney

Medical Sydney

Lifelong learning

Take a medical history tour of Sydney from Aboriginal Australia through to the early twentieth century. Discover the origins of Western medicine in the early colony and the history of the medical profession. Resources include: surgeons’ journals, manuscripts written by early Sydney doctors, advertisements from quacks, and rare books featuring anatomical drawings and histories of diseases like the bubonic plague. We will investigate beliefs about illness, mental health and lunatic asylums, and some unusual treatments.

wooden box containing glass medicine bottles
4 / 24 events in this Lifelong learning series
19 March 2020 10:30am to 12:30pm


General Admission: $20.00
State Library Friends Members: $15.00


State Library of New South Wales
Macquarie St
Sydney NSW 2000



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