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Dr. Trenton James will speak on “Stories of Old Charity” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 as part of first Sunday programming at the Old State Capitol.

Dr. James is a retired, board-certified physician who practiced in Baton Rouge for 37 years. A graduate of LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, he worked in the Charity System both in New Orleans and Lafayette.

He recounts the early history of medicine when doctors had to combat swamp-borne pestilence, urban epidemics and wounds of war with primitive tools and methods. As a result, doctors developed many ground-breaking techniques at Charity hospitals.

Dr. James' presentation is being presented in conjunction with the current exhibition, “Louisiana’s Charity Hospital System: Medicine and Matters of State.” The exhibit is on display until Dec. 20.

Admission to the museum and the presentation are free. For more information, visit www.louisianaoldstatecapitol.org or call 225.342.0500.