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Under the knife at St John’s: a medical history of disease and dissection

Sat, 25/03/2017 - 11:00 - 17:00

This exhibition features treasures from the Library's Special Collections that relate to the history of medicine. The manuscripts, incunabula, artefacts and illustrations on display demonstrate medical beliefs and perceptions from as early as the 13th century and feature plenty of potions, plague and pestilence. In an age when religious sentiments inhibited human dissection, what was known about the inner workings of the human body? How were early surgeries performed and what were the common methods of diagnosis and treatment?

The exhibition traces pioneering medical breakthroughs such as the foundation of modern human anatomy, the discovery of blood circulation and the identification of female sex organs, and features the voices of those who fought against quackery with observation, experimentation and reason to provide mankind with justified scientific knowledge.

Entrance to the Old Library is via E staircase, Second Court.

Admission free. All welcome!