John Hunter was a pioneering 18th century surgeon and scientist. This free museum, a short walk from Holborn Station, and situated in the building that is home to the Royal College of Surgeons, is well worth a visit. On show are animal and human specimens of anatomical and/or pathological interest, some illustrating the effects of abnormalities or disease. It is not for the squeamish or small children, I would suggest. There are explanations and illustrations of surgical techniques from earlier centuries, as well as displays showing the evolution of medical treatments. While it may seem of specialist interest, there is much here of general interest, and the collection is among the most comprehensive of its type in the world. It showcases a period and a personality of great interest for any student of science. The staff are also helpful.
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