George Washington & Medicine: Exhibit and Presentation


On display in Fenwick Library Atrium October 22 – November 21, the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibition Every Necessary Care and Attention: George Washington and Medicine explores the story of George Washington’s own health and examines the ways in which he sought to safeguard the health and wellness of his family, staff, slaves, and troops. Washington’s story also illuminates the broader context of the experience of illness and the practice of medicine, which during his time was transitioning from a traditional healer craft to a profession.

Join us on Tuesday, November 5 at 1:30 p.m., 2001 Fenwick Library, for a special presentation by two speakers. George Oberle, PhD, History Librarian, will discuss relevant primary sources from the era, highlighting resources in Mason Libraries’ digital collections. Sara Collini, PhD candidate in History at Mason and author of “George Washington’s Midwives: The Economics of Childbirth Under Slavery” (Lapham’s Quarterly, June 19, 2019), will discuss medical practices of enslaved women at Mount Vernon. Refreshments courtesy of Gale. 

Every Necessary Care and Attention: George Washington and Medicine was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health with George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum and Gardens.