The Thing Is...Roman Medicine
Wednesday 11 July 2012, 19.00-20.00
Ralph Jackson and Nils Fietje explored ancient Roman medicine,
surgery and understanding of the body, with discussions about where
the Romans got their information from, and vivid, eye-watering
detail of surgical procedures.
The object unveiled at the event was a Roman surgical tool,
designed for cutting out bladder stones - a procedure called
lithotomy. One end is like a scoop, with a smooth surface on the
outside, but roughened surface on the inside of the scoop. The
other end is slotted, and you can see a small remnant of iron where
a blade would have been.
The lithotomy tool is from the Wellcome collection at the
Science Museum, reference number A622584.
Jackson, Curator of Romano-British Collections at the
Fietje, Medical Humanities Adviser, Wellcome
For blind and partially sighted
Members of Wellcome Collection’s Visitor
Services team have been trained in audio description techniques by
Blind and partially sighted visitors were invited to join
members of the team before the event for audio descriptions of the
‘mystery object’, the event space and set-up, and descriptions
of a small number of relevant objects from our library
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