Deadly Medicine @ The Warhol
Sorry for the slow week — I’m doing newborn nursery duty down at Magee, which has some early AM hours that are seriously eating into my blogging time. (On the bright side, I changed a diaper for the first time.) I did get time last night, though, to see the Deadly Medicine traveling exhibition at the Warhol. If you’re not familiar, it traces the eugenics movement from well-intentioned beginnings to the wartime atrocities of the Nazis, and was created by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum; original HMM page here.
The curator was kind enough to come up from DC to present a special guided tour for Pittsburgh medical students, an important population given how central doctors were to eugenic programs.
Anyway, it only takes about an hour to go through, and is well worth it. They don’t beat you over the head with this, but you will see an amazing correlation between the 1920s-1940s desire to spread “superior genes” and the modern obsession with being healthy and having perfect children, as well as holding up medical science as the savior of all humanity. (Not that this author is ever slightly concerned by the actions of a local nonprofit health care entity or its marketing campaigns, or its giant new research facilities, or anything like that.)