May 12, 2023

Ep.4 - Head To Toe - Skull

Ep.4 - Head To Toe - Skull

Join us as we explore the history of medicine, from head to toe! This time: the skull.

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Would you chow down on a human skull to treat your headache?

In this episode we explore the history of medical cannibalism and how it ties in with colonialism and Victorian high society. In a world where you can nip down the shops for a jar of fresh femurs, exactly how far was too far?

We also explore the history of phrenology and the medical significance of examining the skull.


Researcher and presenter: Laura Burgess has been a volunteer with RCPE Heritage since 2021 after completing her MA in History from UNC Charlotte.

Editor and producer: Sarah E Hayward completed her PhD in Museums and Heritage Studies at Kingston University London in 2023. She has been a volunteer with RCPE Heritage since 2021. She has a passion for archival research and she loves to explore creative ways to assemble and share the hidden stories she uncovers.

Researcher and presenter: Olivia Howarth is a volunteer with RCPE Heritage, a recently qualified archivist, heritage enthusiast and self-proclaimed lifetime nerd with an interest in medical history.

Guest clip: Professor Dame Sue Black DBE is a forensic anthropologist, anatomist and academic.


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