12th September – 256/365

On the floor

We visited the Old Operating Theatre yesterday. It is an amazing little nugget tucked near St Thomas' hospital. You get there via a very small, tight spiral staircase.


There is a museum area with all sorts of mysterious instruments that did goodness knows what! However, the piece de resistance is the actual theatre. Students would stand in tiers looking down onto the floor to watch the great surgeons of the time. It is truly amazing to think of the discoveries that were made in the early part of the 19th century.

By the way – did you know that Keats was an apprentice Apothecary Surgeon?



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One Response to 12th September – 256/365

  1. I didn’t know that about Keats.
    Yikes, the operating table looks like one of the torture stretching tables. Just saying… 😉

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