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  • The Old Operating Theatre - London
  • The Old Operating Theatre - London
  • The Old Operating Theatre - London
  • The Old Operating Theatre - London
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    by Mariajoy

This tiny museum is home to London's earliest operating theatre. It was found in the roof of St Thomas's where surgeons performed operations centuries ago, before anasthaesia, ether, or aspirin were discovered, or the neighbouring Guy's hospital were ever thought about!

At the moment the actual operating theatre is undergoing restoration and tickets are reduced at 4.25, visitors are offered a half price ticket to see it another time. I first came here about 20 years ago when tickets were 50p! The current displays are of ancient surgical tools, instruments and other "medical" artefacts. There are "scientific illustrations" of operations and the human body (be warned! LOL!) There is also a lot of info about the herbs and their usage in medicine (the garret was used to store these).

The thing that I found most disturbing was the "Surgeon's stick" - when there was absolutely nothing else that could be given to a poor sod about to have his leg hacked off with a rusty blade, the surgeon would thrust the stick sideways into the patient's mouth for him to bite down on.... and the stick on display has teeth marks!!

Address: 9a St Thomas' St
Directions: 2 minutes walk from London Bridge Station
Phone: +44 20 7188 2679
Website: http://www.thegarret.org.uk/find.htm

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  • Written May 21, 2006
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