National Library of Medicine Traveling Exhibit

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The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Library is hosting the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibit, the Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Yellow Wall-Paper. The six-banner exhibit will be displayed from August 25, 2015, through October 31, 2015.

From the exhibit: “In the late nineteenth century, at a time when women were challenging traditional ideas about gender that excluded them from political and intellectual life, medical and scientific experts drew on notions of female weakness to justify inequality between the sexes. Artist and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who was discouraged from pursuing a career to preserve her health, rejected these ideas in a terrifying short story titled “The Yellow Wall-Paper.” The famous tale served as an indictment of the medical profession and the social conventions restricting women’s professional and creative opportunities.”

View more information about this exhibit, which was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Library is located in Building 101 adjacent to the Dorn VA Medical Center at 6311 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia and is open to the public. Map and directions.

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