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Pathology Museum

Two Hearts: Dissection and Desire

14 February 2017

Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Venue: Barts Pathology Museum (3rd Floor Robin Brook Centre) St Bartholomews Hospital West Smithfield London EC1A 7BE

Join the Pathology Museum at QMUL on Valentine's evening for this intriguing journey into the heart. In this special event, "Dissection and Desire", we will look at two different perceived versions of the heart: the physical and the emotional.

To begin the evening, Dr Paula Vickerton (Anatomist at QMUL's Turnbull Centre Dissection Room) will create a prosection of a pig's heart in the same fashion medical students would do so to learn about the anatomy of the human heart. She will use a visualiser projecting onto a large screen, allowing the audience to see the step-by-step dissection and talking through each incredible feature of the organ which works so hard to sustain us.

Juxtaposing this journey into the physical will be Historian Dr Sally Holloway, based at QMUL's Centre for the History of Emotions. She will give a spectacularly illustrated lecture on the heart's history as the seat of emotions, and particularly as a symbol of love and desire.

Wine and heart-shaped chocolates as well as other nibbles are included in the ticket price for this unique event to engage the public with two different aspects of teaching at Queen Mary university London, and the pathology collection contained within the museum.

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