Artistic examinations of neurology and wax anatomies


Wednesday 6 June 2018


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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History of Medicine Society



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Join us for our final in-house meeting of the academic year to hear Professor Philip Smith explore the topic of Neurology featured at the National Gallery. Mr Francis Wells, a Cardiothoracic Consultant Surgeon will also be giving his lecture on the subject of Wax Anatomies.

Neurology in the National Gallery

"Neurology encompasses a broad range of medical disorders and so many works of art include neurological themes, either directly appearing in the pictures themselves or indirectly resulting from neurological disease in the artist. The National Gallery in London houses representative works from all major European artists in its magnificent public collection of over two thousand paintings. This includes many paintings with neurological themes, including the skull (alluding to mortality), left handedness, facial palsy, foot drop and the Babinski reflex, as well as more specific neurological conditions such as syncope, epilepsy, myotonic dystrophy, and Guillain–Barré syndrome. There are also neurological themes in artists whose works are housed in the Gallery, including Goya (deafness), Guercino (squint) and van Gogh (absinthism).

I hope that this glimpse into the treasures of the Gallery will help others to see certain paintings, many of them already very well known, through a neurological lens."

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5.30 pm

Registration, tea and coffee

6.00 pm

Annual General Meeting

RSM members only

6.10 pm

Introduction and welcome

Dr Catherine Sarraf, President, History of Medicine Society

6.15 pm

Neurology at the National Gallery

Professor Philip Smith, Consultant Neurologist, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff

7.00 pm

Wax anatomies

Mr Francis Wells, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Papworth Hospital

7.45 pm

Close of meeting

7.50 pm


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For information on this event, contact Alison ChanTel: 02072903937 Email: arrow