The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret in London is going to celebrate its reopening with a dynamic new exhibition of artworks and writing.
Responding to an innovative Community Arts Project comprised of a series of online workshops led by visual artist Charlie Murphy and creative writer Laurie Bolger,a diverse group of online participants have created artworks, creative writings, photography, video, and sculpture. They have creatively recorded the spaces, landscapes, objects, feelings, and rituals that have shaped their experiences of COVID-19 over the last year.
We often focus on treatments offered by medical professionals in the past, but what of the occupational health of the practitioners themselves? Italian physician Bernardino Ramazzini (1633-1714) spent most of his career studying the diseases of medical professionals and other workers during the 17th century. In 1700 his life’s work was published, De Morbis Artificum (Diseases of Workers). It was the first comprehensive study of occupational diseases and quickly became a standard text in Western medicine, eventually earning him the name, ‘The Father of Industrial Medicine’. He wrote very much to the point and filled his text with fascinating, and sometimes frightening, anecdotes! Here are just a few of his observations on the dangers faced by early modern men and women in their medical work.
Message in a Bottle: Covid-19 Lockdown Inspired Creative Writing and Visual Arts Workshops The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret is a medical museum located in the heart of London Bridge. Tucked in the attic of an 18th century