wed04nov6:30 pmOnline Lecture: The brothers Bell: emotion, war and surgical identity in late Georgian BritainOnline Lecture by Mike Brown. Part of the Georgian Medicine and Science series6:30 pm Book now

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This talk will explore the life and work of two of the most influential surgeons of early nineteenth-century Britain, the brothers John Bell (1763-1820) and Charles Bell (1774-1842) It will focus less upon their vitally important contributions to anatomy and physiology than upon the ways in which they defined what it meant to be a surgeon. In particular, the lecture will explore how they shaped personal and professional identities that emphasised emotional self-reflection and championed the values of compassion and sympathy for the patient. We shall also see how this emotional disposition was shaped by the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars, events in which both played a role and which exercised a profound influence over their sense of self. 

Mike Brown is a cultural historian of medicine, surgery, gender and war, with a special interest in emotions and identities. He is a Reader at the University of Roehampton and has recently overseen a four-year research project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, investigating the relationship between surgery and emotion from 1800 to the present.  

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This lecture is part of a four-part series on Georgian Medicine and Science:

13 October: Dr Richard Mead: living in the broad sunshine of life

27 October: A Georgian Chemist: Humphry Davy 

10 November: ‘How gracefully the dead dogs float’: Building and Public Health in Early Modern England


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