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Mad Science Gone Right: Experimental Surgery and Its Survivors in the 18th and 19th centuries

Talk | 23 August, 2018, 7:00 PM

This fascinating talk by Kirsty Chilton will graphically describe three historic operations where against all odds the patients survived!

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With no anaesthesia to dull the pain and no antiseptics to stop infection, operations in the past were a terrible ordeal and many surgeries ended in the patient's death. However sometimes, a resilient and lucky patient with a daring surgeon could survive even the most experimental of operations!

As part of the Life Series, this talk features the stories of three surprising historic operations on the chest, kidneys and ovaries from the pre-antiseptic age where – against all expectations - the patients actually survived! 

Join the museum's resident researcher, Kirsty Chilton, for this fascinating and descriptive insight into these case studies. 

*This talk is part of our Life Series.

Doors will open at 6:30 PM

*Access is through a 52-step spiral staircase. 

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