CELEBRATING THE HUNTERIAN MUSEUM’S BICENTENARY

Don’t think, try the experiment.

This quiet, bold statement is from British surgeon John Hunter, the fearless medical pioneer, who in 1767 didn’t hesitate to inoculate himself with syphilis and gonorrhea in order to test his theories on treatments.

Regarded as one of the most distinguished physicians of his era, Hunter was a fervant advocate of scientific methods in medicine and the direct observation of nature. He was an autopsy enthusiast and indeed, an obsessive, passionate collector with an excessive interest for everything that lived and breathed. The list of his areas of expertise is endless: zoology, comparative anatomy, pathology, embryology. He was also a gunshot wounds expert and discovered the function of the lymphatic system. His gigantic corpus of knowledge was exemplified for decades in his dissection room, where thousands of specimens were prepared from post-mortem exams.

(Source: Atlas Obscura)

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