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An exploration of syphilis

Date(s): 14 February 2022

Time: 7pm

Cost: £3

Age Restrictions: 16+

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Copy Of The Infamous Dr Knox


The Great Pox was rarely talked about in the nineteenth century but its effects were everywhere. Primarily sexually transmitted, it’s devastating effects could last a lifetime, leading to the saying “One night with Venus, a lifetime with Mercury”. Human Remains Conservator Cat Irving will show specimens from Surgeons' Hall's collections demonstrating what this dreaded disease does to the body, how the treatments could often be worse than the disease itself, and why it wasn't always a good thing if your husband brought you chocolate...


The talk will last approximately 1 hour and then the museum will be open until 9pm for ticket holders only.

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