22 October 2014
Venue: Barts Pathology Museum, (3rd Floor Robin Brook Centre), St Bartholomews Hospital (Outpatients Entrance), West Smithfield, London. EC1A 7BE
Galvanism – the contraction of muscle stimulated by an electric current – was named after 18th Century scientist Luigi Galvani who investigated the effect of electricity on dissected animals. These experiments led to much research into whether cadavers could be ‘re-animated’ using electricity, and inspired Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein.
Sarah Bakewell, writer and ex-cataloguer and curator at the Wellcome Library for the History of Medicine, will take us on a spine-tingling journey to find the elusive ‘spark of life’ as we begin approaching Halloween