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Pathology Museum

The Reanimators: Galvanism, Frankenstein and the Spark of Being

22 October 2014

Time: 6:30 - 9:00pm

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

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.

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