A Night with Venus

And Lifetime with Mercury


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Talk by Kevin Brown, archivist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and curator of the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum.

Come and hear how in the eighteenth century and earlier, just one night in the arms of Venus could lead to a lifetime with Mercury, a painful treatmnent fir the dreaded pox or syphillis.

Find out where this loathsome disease originated from in the 16th century and the variety of treatments available for it in the Georgian era when the cure could be indeed often worse than the
disease itself.

Discover why the actress Sarah Siddons became a 'ball of resentment', how Casanova avoided catching the pox, how James Boswell somehow never managed to avoid the infoection, why the distinguished surgeon John Hunter deliberately infected himself with gonorrhea, and how King
George II came to die on his stool and not on his throne.

Doors open 6.30pm.


Old Operating Theatre, Museum and Herb Garret
9a St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY
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