Syphilis, stigma and sympathy in 18th Century Britain
What was it like to live with the Great Pox (syphilis) in eighteenth-century Britain? How did society treat the victims of this disease which was deeply associated with shame and immorality?
Based on her research into the eighteenth-century medical books held in the University of Glasgow Library’s ‘Syphilis Collection’ Mona O'Brien will discuss how this period was more than a simple story of pox and prejudice. We will meet sympathetic surgeons and diligent doctors who showed great compassion toward their patients who suffered through the terrors of the disease and the equally horrific mercury treatments. These were the medical men who argued that the disease had innocent victims, faithful wives, victims of attacks, and children. But was the sympathy of these medical men enough to protect these victims? We invite you to join us for this talk and find out.
Due to the content of this talk it is recommended for participants 16 years and older.
For more of The Hunterian’s exciting Explorathon events see: http://www.explorathon.co.uk/glasgow/hunterian, and for more information about Explorathon 2016 http://www.explorathon.co.uk/glasgow/hunterian. More about Mona O’Brien’s Hunterian Associate’s project, ‘Pox and Prejudice: Syphilis and the Emotions in C18th Britain’ is available here: http://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/learning/hunterianassociates/pox%20and%20prejudice/