Set within the context of the 'new age' of electrical discoveries, the lecture will introduce Mr Birch's 'electrical table' and the therapeutic methods he used to overcome great suffering, as seen via his Hospital patients' case histories. Via these newly found papers, we can see how Mr Birch's practice drew to the Hospital many otherwise thought to be 'incurable' patients, how he attracted referrals of the more famous practitioners such as John Hunter and how this work even inspired art works to be made.
The Humoral Management of Blood: Cupping, Bloodletting and Staunching- PART 1
Robert Knox is best known for having bought the bodies of at least sixteen murder victims from Burke and Hare, a trade that came to light in the Edinburgh anatomy scandal of 1828. Hare turned King’s evidence, Burke was hanged, dissected and displayed, but Knox was never prosecuted.
Today, the body snatchers who crept into the burial grounds of Georgian London to dig up the dead for the anatomy schools of London seem like characters from a dark gothic story. But the body snatchers were not characters from fiction and the lucrative trade in human corpses was real.