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'I gave birth to rabbits': A Gallimaufry of Medical Misadventures in 18th C...
Tue, October 25, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM BST
'I gave birth to rabbits': A Gallimaufry of Medical Misadventures in 18th Century England
A talk by Tessa Harris, author of the 'Thomas Silkstone Mysteries': From the fantastical foibles of Mary Toft, a Surrey housewife with a fixation on rabbits, to a “Celestial” bed that moved to music and aided fertility; from a hanged boy who awoke on the dissecting table to a giant whose bones were boiled and are still on public display today. These, and many more curious tales, may seem far-fetched today but in the 18th century they were taken seriously not just by the common man or woman, but by high-ranking physicians and surgeons, too. The latter half of the 1700s witnessed a clash of superstition and science as the Age of Reason slowly dawned. From cradle to grave, author Tessa Harris looks at some of the most extraordinary medical misconceptions from this period and how a few men of vision began to modernise medicine.
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