Dreadful visitations and deliverances

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 11 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1003
  1. Wendy Moore
  1. 1London

    The trials and triumphs of city life are told through a collection of rare medical books in an exhibition opening at the Royal Society of Medicine library this week.

    Entitled Dreadful Visitations and Deliverances: The Medical History of London, the display charts the effects on Londoners’ health of scourges including plague, cholera, pollution, and war. It also celebrates the successes in overcoming such disasters. Exhibits include the Bills of Mortality (shown) recording the death toll from plague in 1665, John Snow’s map plotting the cholera outbreak of 1854, and pamphlets campaigning for clean air legislation in the wake of the deadly 1952 smog.

    The show’s curator, Robert Greenwood, said the exhibition showed how London’s medical community had always “risen to the challenges” of public health problems.


    Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1003


    • The exhibition runs until 29 May at the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE.

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