Medical history scholar to discuss her documentary film, ”Medicine’s Dark Secrets”

Lindsey FitzharrisThe Dittrick Medical History Center will host a lecture by Lindsey Fitzharris on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 6 p.m. in Allen Memorial Medical Library’s Ford Auditorium.

Fitzharris will discuss her forthcoming documentary film, Medicine’s Dark Secrets, as part of the center’s Anton and Rose Zverina Lecture.

Fitzharris holds a post doctorate degree in the history of medicine from Oxford University and has spent the past few years in London medical museums researching the pathological specimen collections.

In the course of this research, she became intrigued by the question, “Whose remains became a specimen?” This led to an exploration of the life and demise of the persons whose remains survive in these collections and, more specifically, what led them to becoming an object of study in a jar of preserving fluid.

Unraveling this fate takes Fitzharris’s investigation on a curious, unusual path leading to a more full understanding of the medical past.

A reception in the Dittrick Center will follow the lecture.

RSVP by Oct. 28 to Jennifer Nieves at or call 216.368.3648.

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