In addition to Natasha McEnroe’s presentation, the Dittrick staff is preparing an exhibit in our Castele Gallery on “sex and the city” in 18th century Britain. One component of the exhibit will deal with the scientific side of the subject in 18th century London. Specifically, we will present the story of John Hunter and his (self-inflicted) research on sexually transmitted disease. Readers who want a good intro to Hunter’s experimentation with syphilis and gonorrhea are directed to Wendy Moore’s excellent biography, The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching, and the Birth of Modern Surgery.
Here, in The Harlot’s Progress, young Moll Hackabout, a naïve farm girl, has just arrived in London, and is being drawn in by the notorious madam, Mother Needham.
Hope you can join us on March 18. See the Dittrick website for details.