Buxton Pump Room Talk – Surgery in the Long Eighteenth Century
The health-giving properties of the spa water at Buxton were well known in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and were a draw not only for suffering patients but also a variety of medical practitioners.
This illustrated and well-resourced talk and demonstration will focus primarily on the development of surgery during the ‘Long Eighteenth Century’, the age of the ‘Enlightenment’, but will also make reference to the other types of practitioners, only too eager to assist the chronically ill.
Using a mixture of museum-quality replicas as well as genuine antique instruments, supported by facsimile and original texts, a variety of procedures will be demonstrated and explained, and put into the context of the advancing scientific understanding and theories of the time.
Demonstrations will include, but not be limited to, that old favourite therapeutic bleeding as well as capital amputation.
Come spend a diverting evening as an eighteenth century medical student.
Milton Keynes-based Steve is a retired Primary School teacher, whose initial specialism was science. However, he developed a passion for history and over 20 years ago started a heritage business, Live’n History.
Since then he has been researching medical history, particularly surgery, and has developed a range of period specific talks which he delivers regularly to a variety of groups, including U3A’s and local history societies.
He has extensive experience of delivering presentations in museums (including undertaking research for the Wellcome Library and developed several of their video conferencing packages), heritage sites and TV and film work and has developed a series of characters and presentations often on the darker side of life in the past.
Steve is currently engaged in developing a one-off performance based presentation for the Royal College of Physicians.