The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice in The Lancet

The Lancet

‘I never feel more alive than when I am standing amongst the rows and rows of anatomical specimens at St Bartholomew’s Pathology Museum in London, UK. In one jar floats the remains of an ulcerated stomach; in another, the hands of a suicide victim.’

Read the full article inĀ The LancetĀ here.

By | 2013-01-11T13:36:29+00:00 January 11th, 2013|Casebooks|2 Comments


  1. altheapreston January 11, 2013 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Fascinating article. We tend to forget how people had to experience such basic and gruesome things in pursuit of knowledge. We live in a very sterile environment compared to then.

    I do believe one has to become inured to the whole process to some extent though I think coroners and anthropologists who deal with death and dissection in their many forms have a much more pressing need to do so. Most doctors or others in a medical field go through the dissection process and never come in contact with it again.

  2. dianabuja January 13, 2013 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Enjoyed this article very much. My expertise with ‘the dead’ is by way of ancient egypt and the care given to bodies during the mummification process. Herodotus has an interesting description of the process (which may or may not be very accurate) – unfortunately, the egyptians never wrote about it, although entries in the several mss. on treating of illnesses demonstrate the considerable knowledge that was gained through these processes.

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