Reviews Exhibition

The Theatre of Life and Death

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 05 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1271
  1. Jules Marshall, freelance journalist (
  1. Amsterdam

    An exhibition at the Boerhaave Museum, Leiden, the Netherlands, until 21 September 2003

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    Having freed itself from the Spanish empire, the Republic of the Seven United Provinces of the Netherlands was by the 17th century a superpower to rival Britain. Known primarily through its art, the Dutch Golden Age was also a period of great scientific and medical advance.

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    A full scale copy of Leiden University's anatomy theatre

    The new ideas of the Italian renaissance filtered north, driving out the medieval superstitions, including those related to health …

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