Hicks Lectures on Civil War Medicine
April 22, 2014
Dr. Hicks, who is currently assembling an exhibition on Civil War medicine at the Mutter Museum, has a varied background: he is the author of Voyage to Jamestown: Practical Navigation in the Age of Discovery (U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2011); supervised collections at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia; served as a cryptologist in the U.S. Navy; and has been in security and law enforcement in Arizona and Virginia. Most recently, the Mutter Museum provided a team of medical researchers with a 1840s specimen infected with cholera. The researchers were able to extract DNA from that specimen and subsequently mapped that particular strain—which is still with us outside the U.S.
The Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History received acknowledgement for its generous assistance in flyers mailed out, press releases, and in the introduction provided at the evening lecture. Sponsorship partners also included the Fort Concho Foundation and the Shannon Medical Center. This event marked the first time these organizations have collaborated, furthering the intention of the Gilder-Lehrman to advance partnerships among academic institutions, historic sites, and community organizations.