‘The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wall-Paper”’ at the Arizona Health Sciences Library, Tucson Campus, Oct. 22 through Dec. 1

National Library of Medicine traveling exhibition examines the role of gender in the perception and medical treatment of mental illness; free and open to the public.
“The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wall-Paper””– a National Library of Medicine traveling exhibition that examines the role of gender in the perception and medical treatment of mental illness using Gilman’s work and other materials – will be on display Monday, Oct. 22 through Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Arizona Health Sciences Library (AHSL), Tucson Campus, Java City coffee bar area (Room 2101), 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.
 
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), was an American writer, artist, lecturer and advocate for women’s rights who lived at a time when the medical profession’s ideas about female weakness and social conventions restricted women’s professional, creative and intellectual pursuits.
 
To preserve her health, Gilman was advised by a physician to “live as domestic a life as far as possible… And never touch pen, brush, or pencil again” as long as she lived. After three months following those instructions, she returned to writing and in two days penned “The Yellow Wall-Paper,” a story about a young woman driven mad by the “rest cure” advocated by the medical profession. First published in 1892, readers found the story to be intriguing and disturbing; today, it is considered a classic of feminist literature. Gilman became an influential writer and speaker about women’s rights and economic independence.
 
The exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. More information, including educational resources, is available at the website, www.nlm.nih.gov/theliteratureofprescription
 
The exhibit may be viewed Sundays through Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; the AHSL, Tucson Campus, will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Beverages and snacks may be purchased at the Java City coffee bar Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, contact Nga Nguyen, AHSL, Tucson Campus, 520-626-6142, email nga@ahsl.arizona.edu or visit the website, www.ahsl.arizona.edu
 
The exhibit is free and open to the public. Please note: There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour, cash only, Mondays-Fridays, 6 a.m.-9 p.m., in The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus Visitor/Patient Parking Garage; the AHSL, Tucson Campus, is unable to validate parking (parking is free on Saturdays and Sundays). The UA 2012 Lot Specific Permit parking lot on N. Cherry Ave., between E. Drachman St. and E. Mabel St. (southwest of the AHSL) has several metered parking spaces; parking in the lot is free after 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and all day Saturdays and Sundays. Free parking also is available in nearby UA Zone 1 lots after 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and all day Saturdays and Sundays.
 

The AHSL, Tucson Campus, also is featuring another exhibit through Friday, Nov. 30: “Honoring AHSC Book Authors and Editors,” which highlightsArizona Health Sciences Center faculty and staff who have authored or edited books since 2005. For more information, visit the website http://opa.ahsc.arizona.edu/newsroom/news/2012/%E2%80%98honoring-ahsc-book-authors-and-editors%E2%80%99-arizona-health-sciences-library-tucson-c