1821 Stoicism to Specialisation: Victorian and Edwardian Developments in Medicine and Surgery: a day at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading
13/10/2018 00:00 - 13/10/2018 00:00.
In May 1839 a 15-year-old Great Western Railway navvy, run over by a cart, was the first patient admitted to the Royal Berkshire Hospital. His arm was amputated through the shoulder without anaesthesia (only available from 1847). The proximity of Reading to London and Oxford has led to the Royal Berkshire Hospital being associated with a series of important developments. In 1997 a Medical Museum was established, initially of anaesthetic apparatus, but now comprising a wide range of other historic instruments, especially from the early nineteenth century. Also on display are live leeches, and devices for ‘bleeding’ and ‘cupping’, treatments still widely used into the Victorian era. There will be talks on the medical and architectural history of the hospital and its surroundings, which will take place in the Old Library (Morris & Stallwood), of 1881-2 for the Reading Pathological Society, founded in 1841, which stills holds its regular meetings there. It is richly furnished with wood panelling in an eclectic style by the firm of Kimberley of Banbury. After a buffet lunch there will be a tour of the museum and the chapel (also Morris & Stallwood), and the King Edward VII Memorial Ward (Charles Smith & Son, 1911-12), built originally for children, with walls richly decorated with an array of nursery tiles by WB Simpson & Sons. There will then be a walk to see other buildings (including some by Waterhouse, and Joseph Morris & Son) in the vicinity of the hospital. Meet in the Old Library, Royal Berkshire Hospital (North Block), Reading RG1 5AN. £50 including buffet lunch. Booking required.*