Art and Medicine Tours London

Monarchs and Maladies

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A tour of Royal London , Buckingham Palace, St James’s Park and Whitehall but with a medical twist Everything from a surfeit of lampreys (Henry 1st) to a headectomy (Charles 1st ). Dr Barry Walsh will take us on a medical  tour – we’ll make the rounds – of Westminster and share some of the extraordinary stories of famous Royal operations (including an early appendicectomy performed on a billard table) and treatments and deaths. We’ll weave through cenuries as we weave through Westminster, the Mall and end in Whitehall. By way of example, at Buckingham Palace we hear about Queen Victoria’s relationship with her devote physician Dr Reid and other doctors. At the Banqueting house we hear about Monarchs as healers (the Royal touch believed to treat the ‘Kings Evil’ or scrofula), the which provides a series of fascinating insights into Court ritual and kingship in the Stuart Dynasty.