The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Edward Jenner

Edward Jenner is undisputedly best known for pioneering the smallpox vaccine but his disorganisation and the ease at which he became sidetracked is less discussed. Jenner could have easily relaxed into the gentile life of a country doctor if it weren’t for his ‘dear man’ and mentor, John Hunter. Hunter, from whose collection the Hunterian Museum originated, kept Jenner’s interest in science going […]

Morbid Anatomy

Hunterian Museum The Royal College of Surgeons of England, 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London Permanent exhibition Is the collection at the Hunterian Museum a Twenty-First Century freak show? Visitors meander around a darkened room filled with illuminated glass jars from floor to ceiling. Pointed fingers and gasps of surprise and shock punctuate the silence. Inside […]