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Barts Pathology Museum presents 'Kill or Cure': Would you have survived a headache 500 years ago?

Friday 4 October 2013

We may be familiar with medical history through the eyes of doctors and surgeons – but what about the patient? On Wednesday 6 November at Barts Pathology Museum, West Smithfield campus, the author of new Dorling Kindersley book book Kill or Cure traces the experience of a patient through different historical eras.

If you had a cough or headache, what would you have been diagnosed with 500 years ago? 150 years ago? What might you be diagnosed with now? And how would those in the medical profession have “cured” your symptoms in years past? Author Steve Parker explains what tests were done and what gruesome treatments were often mistakenly carried out.

Professor Chris Thompson, Chief Medical Officer of The Priory, will introduce Parker and lead a Q&A session after the talk. Professor Thompson has over 30 years’ experience working in the NHS and the independent healthcare sector and is at the forefront of academic debate on mental health conditions, as well as having a leading role in the formulation and development of medical regulation.

The beautiful Grade II listed Barts Pathology Museum houses 5,000 medical specimens. Purpose built in 1879, it spans three mezzanine levels and includes pathological pots relating to all areas of anatomy and physiology, including the skull of John Bellingham – the only person to assassinate a British Prime Minister. It is only open to the public during special evening and weekend events.

Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Tickets are £6.50 including booking fee and refreshments.

For tickets and information about other forthcoming Barts Pathology Museum events, visit http://www.potts-pots.blogspot.co.uk.

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