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From Bloodletting & Purges To Blood Tests, Transplants & Merges!

Two talks and a guided walk on medical developments of the 19th & 20th centuries.

With Dr David Leaback (Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group) and Karen Howell (Curator of the Old Operating Theatre Museum)

Nineteenth Century patient care at the United Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals incorporated over 30,000 leeches a year! Yet, through the 19th & 20th Centuries, the Hospitals’ pioneering surgeons, physicians and chemists advanced such standard crude treatments as blood-letting, purges and brutally painful surgery to institute more effective, modern, science-based patient care. Two illustrated talks link the early foundations to the development towards modern hospital medicine practice, with an opportunity to see scientific experiments at work. The presentation concludes with a short walk into Guy’s Hospital, to see one of the most important scientific discoveries of the 20th Century, wax models of gangrene and scabies, and a blunderbuss!


Museum Curatorial Staff | talks


Date and Time:

17 March 2007 at 2:00 pm


2 hours



Old Operating Theatre, Museum & Herb Garret
9a St Thomas' Street
020 7188 2679

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Free only if booked in advance. To reserve a space, call 020 7188 2679 or email curator@thegarret.org.uk

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