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“The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and ‘The Yellow Wall-Paper”’ traveling exhibit at the Wayne State’s Shiffman Medical Library from November 21- December 28

“The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and ‘The Yellow Wall-Paper,’” a National Library of Medicine (NLM) traveling exhibition that examines the role of gender in the perception and medical treatment of mental illness, will be on display at Wayne State’s Shiffman Medical Library from November 21 to December 28.

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.

Gilman, who was discouraged from pursuing a career to preserve her health, rejected these ideas in a terrifying short story entitled “The Yellow Wall-Paper,” a tale of a young woman driven mad by the “rest cure” advocated by the medical profession. The famous story served as an indictment of the medical profession and the social conventions restricting women’s professional and creative opportunities.

The exhibition was developed and produced by the NLM, National Institutes of Health. To learn more about “The Yellow Wall-Paper” exhibition, including educational resources, visit For more information on the exhibition at Wayne State, contact LaVentra Ellis-Danquah at (313) 577-9083 or

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