Ticket for an anatomy & surgery lecture 4372
Medium: Pencil and ink on paper
An eminent surgeon, John Barclay ran a prestigious anatomy school in London. Many of his students - in particular Richard Owen and Charles Darwin - went on to become some of the most famous and important scientists of their age.
Much of the study of anatomy at this time was concerned with issues of the body as it related to the soul, or the mind. Barclay was a renowned anti-materialist, believing that mind and body were separate entities, and that there could be no physical proof of the mind.
The bearer of this ticket was Robert Liston, the first doctor to use anaesthetic during surgery.