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Sir Martin Evans Building, Cardiff University, Museum Avenue, Cardiff CF10 3AX
South Wales branch

This talk and demonstration evaluates whether there was any scientific validity to early modern surgery

Did 17th Century surgery have any basis in biomedical science? Professor Steve Rutherford of Cardiff University begins his talk with a demonstration of the damage done by early modern weapons. He then discusses the approaches taken by surgeons to treat them, evaluating whether they had any biomedical validity. Evidence suggests that early modern surgeons were not the untrained butchers of their reputation, but well-educated professionals using evidenced based practice, who laid the basis for modern surgery, and whose pioneering approaches are sometimes still in use today. 

Doors open at 18:15 and the lecture will start at 18:30. After the lecture, there will be a wine/soft drinks and nibbles reception, with the opportunity for further discussion.

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On-street pay and display parking is available along Museum Avenue and the surrounding streets. The main entrance to the Sir Martin Evans Building is located on College Lane (linking Museum Avenue with Park Place). 


All are welcome at this free event, with advance booking essential at the link at the top of the page.


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If you have any booking or website queries contact Ellie Oakley at or on 020 3925 3444.

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