Join us at 3:00 pm on Thursday, April 21, 2011 in the Reading Room for an Opening Reception of a new traveling exhibit on Charles Darwin. Rewriting the Book of Nature will be on display in the Health Sciences Library from April 10 – May 21, 2011. The exhibit is about the theories of Charles Darwin and was created in celebration of the 200th anniversary of his birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species.
At the Opening Reception Dr. Bruce Paton, cardiac surgeon, historian, and professor emertius University of Colorado Denver, will speak on “Charles Darwin: World’s most productive invalid”. Charles Darwin experienced ill health for many years of his life and the cause of his maladies has been the subject of much speculation in the medical literature. Dr. Paton will explore the diagnoses offered over the years and discuss how Darwin was able to cope with his illness and excel as one of the intellectual giants of the past centuries.
This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health and the NIH Office of History.