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Napoleon in Egypt, Queen Henhenit, and the Tragedy of Maternal Birth Trauma

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Featured Speaker: L. Lewis Wall, M.D., Ph.D., M.A. Bioethics, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Director, Division of Specialty Gynecology, Washington University School of Medicine; Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

The modern study of ancient Egypt began with Napoleon’s invasion in 1798. Napoleon took with him a small army of scholars and scientists to investigate Egyptian civilization, resulting in the discovery of the Rosetta Stone and a new fascination with mummies. The mummy of Queen Henhenit shows evidence of horrific childbirth trauma, providing early evidence of the dangers and difficulty of human childbirth. Against this background, Dr. L. Lewis Wall, M.D., Ph.D., M.A., of Washington University, describes the problem of obstructed labor in developing countries, explains the nature of the severe childbirth injuries encountered there, and discusses his work with birth-injured women in Africa and his project to build a specialty hospital in the West African country of Niger.

Learn more about Dr. Wall’s work and how you can help by visiting his foundation, The Worldwide Fistula Fund, on-line at http://www.worldwidefistulafund.org.

Dr. Lewis Wall with patients at Evangel Hospital, Jos, Nigeria. Photo courtesy, Dr. Lewis Wall and Washington University.

Presented in conjunction with the History Museum gallery installation, Treasures of Napoleon, on display at the Missouri History Museum, November 14, 2010 – April 3, 2011.

To be held at:
Missouri History Museum – Lee Auditorium

Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park

St. Louis, Missouri 63112

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome.
Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.

Perspectives on Science & History Series Co-sponsored by:


Tuesday, December 14, 2010
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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