Book celebrates strange extractions of laryngologist

    Stranger than swallowing a Christmas ornament and having it extracted from your throat is displaying the ornament in a museum. But that’s what the Mutter Museum is for, and that’s what Chevalier Jackson did.

    On Radio Times this morning, learn more about Jackson, a pioneer laryngologist, who extracted many strange objects from people’s throats without surgery. Some of those objects are on display at Philadelphia’s Mutter Museum.

    Mary Cappello, a professor of English at the University of Rhode Island, will talk about Jackson, and her book about him: Swallow: Foreign Bodies, Their Ingestion, Inspiration, and the Curious Doctor Who Extracted Them. Also joining the discussion is Michael Angelo, an archivist and historian at Thomas Jefferson University where Jackson did some of his medical training.

    Listen live at 11 a.m. on 91 FM.

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