Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Exposicions virtuals

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  Per Bruixa i Metzinera

La caera de bruixes a Catalunya 

Entre 1450 i 1750, moltes regions d'Europa van patir la cacera de bruixes. Els càlculs més ponderats apunten la xifra de 110.000 persones processades i de no menys de 60.000 execucions. Les víctimes van ser, arreu, molt majoritàriament dones pobres, sovint velles, que vivien soles. A Catalunya es van produir més de 400 execucions. Tot i que s'han documentat processos als segles XV i XVI, la repressió va prendre un caire generalitzat i massiu durant els anys 1616-1622. En un context de crisi econòmica i de maltempsades, les suposades bruixes van ser acusades de pertànyer a una secta universal presidida pel dimoni i de provocar assassinats, infanticidis i destrucció de collites. La iniciativa de la repressió va partir sovint de les comunitats locals. Els processos es van realitzar sense garanties jurídiques. Les tortures van ser habituals. La majoria de les encausades van acabar a la forca. Només algunes veus es van alçar contra aquella carnisseria.


Native Voices

Native peoples' concepts of health and illness  

Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Visitors will discover how Native concepts of health and illness are closely tied to the concepts of community, spirit, and the land.


  Pick your Poison

Intoxicating pleasures & medical prescriptions 

Mind-altering drugs have been used throughout the history of America. While some remain socially acceptable, others are outlawed because of their toxic, and intoxicating, characteristics. These classifications have shifted at different times in history, and will continue to change. The transformation of a particular drug, from an acceptable indulgence to a bad habit, or vice versa, is closely tied to the intentions of those endorsing its use, and their status in society. This exhibition explores some of the factors that have shaped the changing definition of some of our most potent drugs, from medical miracle to social menace.


Everyday Miracles

Medical imagery in ex-votos 

Healing and faith have always played a role in the lives of the faithful. They are interwoven in the fabric of social history. How we regard illness and healing, and how we cope with them have captured our imagination throughout the ages. The expression of our relationship with illness is wonderfully illustrated in the ex-voto, a devotional painting giving thanks to a saint or deity for a miraculous healing or a blessing. The faithful have always used prayer to invoke the aid of saints as a means to heal the sick and end one's suffering. These devotional paintings are an individual's expression of thanks for the intercession of the divine in a crisis, a snapshot in time of illness and healing. They offer a rare opportunity to view health, healing, and illness through the hearts and minds of the ordinary person.


Dream Anatomy 

The interior of our bodies is hidden to us. What happens beneath the skin is mysterious, fearful, amazing. In antiquity, the body's internal structure was the subject of speculation, fantasy, and some study, but there were few efforts to represent it in pictures. The invention of the printing press in the 15th century-and the cascade of print technologies that followed-helped to inspire a new spectacular science of anatomy, and new spectacular visions of the body. Anatomical imagery proliferated, detailed and informative but also whimsical, surreal, beautiful, and grotesque - a dream anatomy that reveals as much about the outer world as it does the inner self.


  Turning the Pages Onlline 

Using touchscreen technology and animation software, the digitized images of rare and beautiful historic books in the biomedical sciences are offered at kiosks at the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Visitors may 'touch and turn' these pages in a highly realistic way. They can zoom in on the pages for more detail, read or listen to explanations of the text, and (in some cases) access additional information on the books in the form of curators' notes.


Història de la Psiquiatria a Catalunya

Breu història de la psiquiatria catalana on es ressalten els principals esdeveniments des del segle XIX fins als anys 30 del segle XX amb la profesionalizacion de l'especialització.