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Prodigies and Monsters – Mary Toft, the Rabbit Breeder!

12 March, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


In 1726 a surgeon called John Howard revealed that he had helped a Surrey woman named Mary Toft to give birth to a number of rabbits. The London public were gripped by the news! Some thought that it was impossible rubbish and made it the target of ridicule, but many believed the story, including some very important surgeons and physicians.

Of course, Mary Toft did not really give birth to rabbits. Mary Toft was a fraud. But how could eminent men at the top of their professions have even believed that such a thing was possible?

Hear the fantastic story of Mary Toft, discovery some of the history of the birth of Monsters and Prodigies and hear some of the medical theories that tried to explain how these strange births could happen.

A talk by Kirsty Chilton, Assistant Curator at the Old Operating Theatre Museum.


Old Operating Theatre
St Thomas Street
London, SE1 9RY United Kingdom
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