“It Hurts When I Do This” An Illustrated History of Quack Medicine through the Artifacts of The Museum of Interesting Things
Observatory (543 Union St., Brooklyn)
n the handful of centuries documented by mankind, medicine evolved through discovery and practice, with each era experimenting with the technology of its time in a quest to understand the human machine, suppress pain, and vanquish disease and, perhaps, death itself. Some of the techniques employed by our relentless ancestors now seem rather odd, inappropriate or, sometimes, just… brutal.
Tonight, join us for a night of bizarre health machinery hosted by Denny Daniel, proud collector and owner of The Museum of Interesting Things. Daniel will trace the evolution–or, sometimes, lack thereof!– of medical devices advances via an interactive demonstration of objects from his own collection ranging from magnetic quack medical devices to prosthetics, glass eyes and civil war and early 20th century surgical tools, dental devices including tooth keys and 19th century foot pump dental drills, pill molds, and medicines that worked (or didn’t)!
Come see and feel actual items from the 1800’s and 1900’s. We will cure you of your ailments.