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Pain, Pus and Blood

Pain, Pus and Blood


Would you like to be operated on without anaesthetic by a surgeon who hasn’t been to medical college?

People in Victorian times had no choice, and this exhibition brings the horrific realities of the era vividly to life.

Did you know that almost half of all patients undergoing major surgery in Victorian times died, either from blood loss, shock or infection? No one knew about germs, and there were no anaesthetics to numb the pain or antiseptics to keep the wound clean.

Surgeons trained as apprentices at private schools or universities and gained practical experience in hospitals or the armed forces. Most of the time they treated simple problems, applied bandages, set broken bones, lanced boils and pulled teeth. Major operations were rare and a Victorian surgeon had to work quickly with a keen eye and steady hand!

This exhibition provides an absorbing insight into the history of medical procedures and highlights the truly extraordinary advances in surgical techniques that have since been achieved.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringPicnic siteWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality



    Judith Knox

    0113 244 4343


    Near St James's Hospital,
    141 Beckett Street,
    LS9 7LN



    See location of Thackray Medical Museum on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: SE 318348  Lat: 53.80855 Long: -1.51817

    By Road:
    Leave M1 at jct 43, then M621 to jct 4. Follow signs for Harrogate and St James Hospital over River Aire at Crown Point Bridge. Get into right-hand lane. At jct go straight on (signed St James' Hospital) under bridge to major jct.

    By Public Transport:
    Taxi or buses (take bus routed to St James' Hospital), City centre buses include 16, 42, 50, 50A and 49 Get off the bus at the hospital and the museum entrance is next door.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Leeds station


    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • On-site cateringOn-site catering
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality