Morbid Curiosities

From time-to-time I get the opportunity to do some academic indexing (see my indexing page for more details). My most recent contribution has been to Sam Alberti’s  Morbid Curiosities: Medical Museums in Nineteenth-Century Britain, published by Oxford University Press. It’s a brilliant book about a fascinating aspect of collecting and display – though it necessarily gets a little gruesome in places! Further details are available on the OUP website.

Sam is Director of Museums and Archives at the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) of England. The Hunterian Museum, based at the RCS, is well worth a visit if you get the opportunity. Although, for me, it raised some uncomfortable issues about the display of human remains. But that’s a whole another blog post…


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