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Explore Buffalo’s Winter Speaker Series continues in January

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Explore Buffalo’s popular Winter Speakers Series continues Thursday, Jan. 12, 7 to 9 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle, Buffalo. The cost of the event is just $10 (free for Explore Buffalo’s Explorer Pass holders). Tickets may be purchased at the door, at explorebuffalo.org or by calling (716) 245-3032. Topics include:

Learning, Caring & Curing: Medical History in Buffalo — Since the mid-1800s, Buffalo has developed quality clinical care, educational and medical research facilities. With the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital and the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences continuing this tradition on the expanding Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, this presentation takes a look back at the evolution of the medical school, hospitals and research facilities within the city. Highlights of Buffalo’s history of medical excellence, innovations and inventions will be showcased.

Snake Oil Salesmen of WNY — A pill to make your life more pleasant, one to make you smart, and a concoction to cure anything else that ails you. Who wouldn’t want to buy that? Before the FDA, anyone could call themselves “doctor,” bottle up some herbs, add a little alcohol and sell these cure-alls to an unsuspecting public. Join Explore Buffalo for an entertaining evening reviewing the unbelievable advertising, unsubstantiated label claims and unscrupulous business practices of three of Western New York’s most famous patent medicine peddlers. Included in this lecture are Dr. Ray Vaughn Pierce of Pierce’s Invalid and Tourist Hotel and World Dispensary, George Merchant of Merchant’s Gargling Oil and Fletcher Sutherland of 7 Sutherland Sister’s Hair Tonic.

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