In the waning years of the nineteenth century, future doctors kept falling sick. Students at the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (WMCP) in Philadelphia regularly described the illnesses roiling their ranks. In diaries and other manuscripts relating their classroom triumphs, clinical foibles, and romantic entanglements, students recounted classmates who were wracked with pneumonia or delirious… Read more →
Jessica Leigh Hester
Jessica Leigh Hester is PhD student in history of medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on race, class, gender, and the sensory landscape of nineteenth-century medical education in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic United States. She examines dissection, body-trafficking, grave-robbing, and the long afterlives of human remains coopted as museum specimens and teaching tools. Jessica is also a science journalist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and other publications, and the author of the book Sewer (Bloomsbury, 2023). She is working on a new book, for Random House, about fossils and the Anthropocene.