Based on the medical specimens gathered by John Hunter, King George III’s physician, the Hunterian beckons curious visitors with a desire to escape from the tourist throng. Located within the Royal College of Surgeons, permanent displays and temporary exhibitions offer a brilliant showcase for the science and art of surgery being researched on site. Behind the pristine glass cabinets of the main room, eerie exhibits include Winston Churchill’s dentures and a gruesome mix of human and animal anatomical specimens. Here too you’ll find the skeleton of Irish giant Charles Byrne, which towers over the vast main hall. Alas, there is no respite upstairs as the accent is on the (potentially lethal) surgical techniques of the past.
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