Bloomsbury: Walking London's Lost Medical World

Join Dr Richard Barnett, author of Strange Attractor Press's 'Medical London', for a probably-too-soon-after-breakfast dissection of life and death in leafy London

London, England

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Where in the world could you find transplant surgery on cockerels, hop–head anaesthetists, a graveyard which holds the key to London’s first great public hospital, a medical trade union in the citadel of Theosophy, and the gory story of Samuel Pepys’ paperweight? On a walk through the back streets of Bloomsbury, that’s where. For two hundred and fifty years this quiet district has been the beating heart of London’s medical marketplace – the place where generations of doctors and surgeons have tackled the ills of the sick city. We’ll make the first incision at Holborn tube, and the last stitch will be tied two hours later at Gordon Square.


11:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Attendance limit


Holborn tube station
London, WC2B 6AA, England