Hot off the press, this colourful A4 poster style pack contains images of nineteenth century lithotomy and trepanning procedures alongside quotes from the modern surgeon. Each section profiles the amazing architecture, surgical procedures and hauntingly unhygienic practices that once comprised the treatment of patients of the United Hospitals. Useful and interesting for all, from GCSE students to adults, this medical resource pack was generously funded by a grant from the Foyle Foundation.
The 'Our Blood' pack is designed to complement the Museum's Victorian Surgery programme for GCSE "Medicine Through Time" students, although it is also a useful resource for schools unable to visit the Old Operating Theatre. Linking directly to the national curriculum, the pack provides images and historical information to provide assistance for students and teachers alike, challenging students' concepts of patient experience in the past. The images can be displayed in the classroom, or used as a focus for discussion or primary source study. The glossy A4 images and primary source material, however, should also appeal to the amateur or professional researcher, as part of a life learning project on medical history.
By incorporating images from contemporary publications, extracts from original hospital documents and contemporary written sources and photographs of museum artefacts, the user does not need to have visited the museum in order to find the pack useful. 'Our Blood' brings to life the major medical advances of anaesthesia, antiseptics and aseptic procedures, which transformed public health, surgery and hospital care in the nineteenth century. Key themes such as war, religion, technology and the importance of individual inventors and practitioners frame this new history of medicine resource. serving to highlight the longevity of ideas concerning medicine, surgery and the treatment of patients and introducing the historiographical concepts of continuity and change.
("The Quack Doctor" and "Breathing A Vein" reproduced courtesy of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain)
- Wound Man (mid fifteenth century painting)
- The Female Operating Theatre Of St Thomas' Hospital, 1822 (photograph)
- Male Operating Theatre Of St Thomas' Hospital, (anonymous painting, c. 1776)
- The Quack Doctor (cartoon by Thomas Rowlandson, c. 1814)
- Breathing A Vein (cartoon by James Gillray, 1804)
- Monster Soup (coloured etching illustrating Thames water by W. Heath, 1828)
- Punch Cartoon: Diphtheria, Scrofula and Cholera (public health, 1858)
- Bloodletting Instruments (photograph of 19th century phlebotomy instruments)
- An Illustration Of Trepanning (from Charles Bell's "Illustrations of the Great Operations of Surgery, 1821)
- An Illustration Of Lithotomy Procedure (from Charles Bell's "Illustrations of the Great Operations of Surgery, 1821)
- Robert Liston Performing the First "Capital" Operation Under Ether, 1846
- Women In Medicine (photograph of James (Miranda) Barry and illustration of Mary Seacole)
- Two pages of photographs of slums in Southwark in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century
- Relevant information and contemporary quotations on the reverse of each image
- Hospital Diet : A Physical Vade Mecum (St Thomas' Hospital, 1741)
- Charles Bell's Description of Preparing for an Operation (1821)
- An Address Delivered at St Thomas' Hospital in 1880 on the Benefits of Antiseptic Surgery
- Elizabeth Raigen's Patient Notes (St Thomas' Hospital, 1824)
- Extract from Frances Burney's Account of her own Mastectomy Operation
- Interview with Professor Harold Ellis, twentieth century surgeon & medical historian
- Teacher's Notes and Suggested Questions
For more information on the "Our Blood" pack, or to order a copy if online payment is inconvenient, please email the museum on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7188 2679.