Wednesday, June 23, 2010

'Bodysnatchers and Surgeons in Georgian London'

On Wednesday 30th June at 7.30pm, Head of the Wellcome Library, Dr Simon Chaplin will be giving a talk at Bruce Castle Museum in London entitled, 'Bodysnatchers and Surgeons in Georgian London'.

In his talk, Simon will be exposing the the curious ambivalence of Londoners to the 'necessary evil' of body-snatching in 18th century London.

The talk is free and more details are available from the events page of the Bruce Castle Museum website.

Image: A nightwatchman disturbs a body-snatcher who has dropped the stolen corpse he had been carrying in a hamper, while the anatomist, William Hunter (1718-1783), runs away. Etching with engraving by W. Austin, 1773 (Wellcome Library no. 25668i)

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