2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: Unmaking “Monsters”

Tuesday, March 15
3:30PM - 4:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 10AB
531 E 4th St

Author Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz gives an illustrated talk on Thomas Dent Mütter, founder of Philadelphia's (in)famous Mütter Museum and subject of her New York Times best selling book Dr Mütter's Marvels. Aptowicz shines a spotlight on the good, the bad and grotesque of 19th century medicine, and on the life of Thomas Dent Mütter, a brilliant surgeon who specialized on performing radical reconstructive surgery on the severely deformed in a time before anesthesia. Mutter was so flamboyant, in life and in the operating theater, that he would be crowned the “P.T. Barnum of the surgery room.” Dr Mutter's Marvels was on the New York Times Best Seller list for 3 months, and was named a Best Book of 2014 by NPR, Amazon.com, the UK newspaper The Guardian, and The Onion's AV Club, among other. The Wall Street Journal wrote that Aptowicz "rescues Mütter the man from undeserved obscurity, re-creating his short life and hard times with...

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Cristin Aptowicz at SXSW

Cristin Aptowicz


Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is a New York Times bestselling nonfiction author and poet. She is the author of six books of poetry and two nonfiction books, most recently DR MUTTER'S MARVELS: A TRUE TAL...

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