Hosted by Rob Busher.
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In this presentation, I explore how racial discussion evolved in Penn's anatomy curriculum through an analysis of textbooks by three Penn anatomy professors: Caspar Wistar (published in 1811), William Horner (2nd edition published in 1830), and Joseph Leidy (published in 1861). Wistar's textbook reinforced the notion that in the late colonial and early national periods at Penn, rather than as a central part of anatomy instruction, race was most thoroughly lectured and written upon by physiologists like Benjamin Rush, who viewed it as their duty to cure blackness. However, in Horner's 1830 text, he devoted many pages to craniometry and anatomical racial difference, making an extended, sustained argument about the importance of racial difference to understanding human anatomy. Finally, by 1861, racial difference had become a standard part of anatomical instruction. Unlike Horner, Leidy made no major arguments justifying his inclusion of racial differences in his textbook, rather Leidy gave regular racial commentary in small places throughout the text. He treated racial differences as one of many features of medical anatomy instruction that needed no theoretical justification. Thus, analysis of these textbooks uncovers how discussion of race in anatomical instruction was expanded and standardized in the antebellum period at Penn. Additionally, due to Horner and Leidy's textbooks' wide adoption, this paper argues that they played a significant role in shaping a national racial anatomy curriculum.
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