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Dr. Mutter's Marvels

Sep 15, 2015

This cast of the original "Siamese" twins is one of the many strange features at the Mutter Museum of Medical Oddities in Philadelphia.
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In the mid-19th century they were called “monsters,” men and women severely disfigured by disease, disaster, war, or accident, with very little quality of life. Dr. Thomas Mütter, a Philadelphia doctor, devote his career to making a difference in the lives of these outcasts. Author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz takes us back to the 1830's and the dawn of modern surgery in the book, “Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine.”

Thank you to Baltimore County librarian and Midday book critic, Paula Gallagher, for helping produce this hour.