Spit Spreads Death: Preview

29 Sep 2018
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103


"Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Philadephia," 4th Liberty Loan Parade, 1918, Collection of Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of The College of Physicians/Mütter Museum.

On the one hundredth anniversary of the influenza pandemic outbreak in Philadelphia, the Mütter Museum previews the Center-supported exhibition Spit Spreads Death. Built on data from over 20,000 death certificates of individuals who died from the outbreak in the city, the exhibition will integrate science, history, art, and personal narratives while exploring contagion, fear of infection, compassion for fellow citizens, and the behavior of a population under extreme stress. Visitors will participate in the commemoration of victims of the pandemic, and a limited number of free flu vaccines will be available on site.