Thursday 24 October 2019, 6pm
Oxford has been an important centre of medical science since the early days of the University. An important element in the advancement of anatomical knowledge was the availability of corpses for dissection and for lectures to medical students. These were held at the current History of Science Museum prior to the establishment of a formal Anatomy School at Christ Church in the mid-18th century.
A principal source of human bodies was the gallows of Oxford Castle, and in this talk Oxford local historian, guide and author Mark Davies will tell the stories of some of those individuals who, whatever their misdeeds while alive, did at least make unwitting and unwilling contributions to medical advancement once dead.