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192. Purges, Plagues, and Body Snatchers: Religion and Medicine in Colonial and Early National America

Friday, 4 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., Back Bay B, Sheraton

A special session

Presiding: Justine S. Murison, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana

1. "Sacramental Vomit: Medicinal Communion and the Halfway Covenant," Zachary Hutchins, Brigham Young Univ., UT

2. "A Plague on Both Your Houses of Worship: The Meanings of Epidemic Disease in Cotton Mather and William Byrd II," Thomas Lawrence Long, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs

3. "Riots, Resurrectionists, and the Miraculous Cadaver in Early American Medicine," Tiffany DeRewal, Temple Univ., Philadelphia

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  • American Literature – Before 1900

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