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The marvellous history of medicine

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 21 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6603
  1. Juliet Dobson, digital content editor
  1. The BMJ

As you walk into Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries, a new exhibition at the Science Museum, you are greeted by “Self-Conscious Gene,” a 3.5 m high bronze sculpture by Marc Quinn. The sculpture is of Rick Genest, also known as “Zombie Boy,” who tattooed his entire body with images of his skeleton and internal organs after he was given a brain tumour diagnosis at age …

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