I am looking at an infant boy suspended in a jar of liquid. The preservative fluid has kept the boy’s body looking much as it did when he was born over two hundred years ago here in Amsterdam. The crown of his head protrudes upward several inches, giving his head an odd shape and swollen… Read more →
Sara Ray is a doctoral candidate in the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work explores monstrous births as an intersection between embryology, natural history, medicine, and disability between 1697 and 1849. Sara’s research has been supported by the Fulbright Program, the Science History Institute, and the Council for European Studies.