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The origins of Darwin’s The Origin of Species

An exhibit at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library traces the evolution of Charles Darwin’s theory.

A medical student, appalled at what he was witnessing, ran from the operating room. He was little more than a boy, having enrolled at the University of Edinburgh at 16, but his revulsion at the sight of human blood would stay with him throughout his life. That distaste was compounded by the horror of surgery before the advent of anesthesia. He had to admit to his family that he could not follow in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps to become a physician. But Charles Darwin made a name for himself nevertheless.Marking the 150th anniversary of The Origin of Species and the 200th anniversary of its author’s birth, an exhibit in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library rotunda from February to April explored...

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