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Knowing and Selling Exotic Drugs in Paris c.1700

Date(s): 13 April 2016

Time: 4 PM to 5:30 PM

Cost: Free

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Speaker: Dr Emma Spary (University of Cambridge)

Many exotic plant materials would become household words for the well-to-do during the decades around 1700. A language of curiosity, innovation and invention surrounded attempts to understand, trade in and profit from them. This paper will consider some of the ways in which lay consumers, merchants and medical experts appropriated and ‘domesticated’ exotic foods and drugs within the French metropolitan world. The aim is to show how consumption, innovation, trade, knowledge and colonialism intersected in medical advertising, and how the city facilitated the emergence of new practices and commodities out of plants that had grown thousands of miles away.

Refreshments at 4pm, seminar starts at 4.30pm.

Please note this EHMG talk will be held in the Symposium Hall at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The Symposium Hall can be accessed via the main college entrance, or for those with mobility issues, via Hill Square.

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