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Ticket for an anatomy lecture 4371

Ticket for an anatomy lecture 4371

Printer: Unknown

Medium: Pencil and ink on paper

Date: 1815

Shelfmark: Evan.4371

Item number: 4371

Genre: Leaflet

Anaesthetics were not used in surgery before 1842, when dentist William Clark extracted a patient's tooth using ether for the first time. Prior to this, surgeons were obliged to favour speed over accuracy during operations - regardless of the severity of the condition they were trying to treat. In the early 19th century, surgeons had no standardised or accredited training, working their way up through a system of apprenticeship like any other trade. In an age of such widespread ignorance of human anatomy and disease, lectures such as this one from John Barclay drew large audiences - from the general public to apprentice surgeons, right up to leading scientists, artists and politicians.

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