A winning combination, we think: imbibe your favorite alcoholic beverage while enjoying tales of the crazy things fin de siècle types did to their bodies in the name of medicine. Cultural historian Walter Nelson will lead this salon, the second of four with the aim of exploring Victorian/Edwardian Pasadena (as preserved by the Pasadena Museum of History) in all its pseudo-scientific glory. Neurasthenia, phrenology, the moral hazard posed to women by novels and higher education, electrotherapy, and the medicinal properties of goat testicles—a collection of topics sure to be both entertaining and informative. Just don’t drink too much; it’s bad for your Vital Force.
Quackery, Snake Oil & Flim-Flam Medicine
Thursday, September 16, 5:30 p.m.
Altadena Town & Country Club
2290 Country Club Dr., Altadena
$50; Reservations required
Pasadenahistory.org; 626.577.1660 ext. 10