Surgery and Emotions before Anaesthesia @ Apothecaries Society

Thursday April 23rd 2020

Surgery and Emotions before Anaesthesia @ Apothecaries Society

6pm, Thursday 23 April 2020

Apothecaries Hall, Black Friar’s Lane, London EC4V 6EJ

Our Principal Investigator, Michael Brown, is giving a public lecture at the Society of Apothecaries. This will be the Keats Memorial Lecture, part of the Society's Eponymous Lecture Programme 2019-20. (You can download the full programme of events here.)

The period prior to the introduction of anaesthesia in the 1840s is often characterised as a dark age of surgery, replete with blood and suffering and presided over by practitioners whose dispassion bordered on cruelty. This lecture seeks to challenge these stereotypes and show that preanaesthetic surgery was, in fact, an emotionally rich and complex affair. Surgeons of the period, far from adopting a position of detachment, shaped identities as men of feeling, while emotional sensitivity was an essential tool of clinical decision-making and therapeutic management.

Library open from 5pm. Refreshments from 5:30pm.

Join us for a subscription buffet supper after the lecture: Faculty Members £25 Non-members £30 Students £10.

For those attending the lecture, a suggested voluntary donation (£5 members, £10 non-members) to support the Faculty would be most welcome. Gift aid envelopes will be available.

Please book with Maria Ferran, Faculty Manager, by 17 April 2020. Email: or telephone: 020 7236 1189.

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