Magic and Medicine

Released on 08.06.2010

Magic and Medicine

Harry Potter’s adventures at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry actually have their basis in the early history of science and medicine. The magic in the “Harry Potter” books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy.

The UCF College of Medicine Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library is now hosting an exhibit called “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine,” that traces medical history from potions, herbs and monsters to what we know today. The touring exhibit, created by the National Library of Medicine, is on display in the library until August 21.

The seven-part exhibit includes some fascinating facts about early medicine. For example:

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