The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret is organising two fantastic events for London History Day: a walk, "The Nests of Satan", and an after hours talk, "The Courage of Victorian Surgeons and Their Patients." Join our knowledgeable staff for these events.
John Snow, the First English Anaesthetist, Part 7: Chloroform, Death and Explanations
During the Middle Ages, many monasteries had an infirmary and a hospital where they treated the sick. This was also the case for the Augustinian Priory of St Mary Overie, later known as the Priory of St Thomas Beckett that was located where Southwark Cathedral now stands. This Priory was destroyed by a fire in 1212, and soon afterwards the monastic community obtained a new site on the east side of what is now Borough High Street. St Thomas' then provided shelter for the sick, the needy and the dying in its hospital for the next 650 years.