“The Barber-Surgeon” In T.A. Wise’s Imperial Visions Of Medical Service

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The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

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An in-gallery evening talk delivered by Dr Shrimoy Chaudhury from Department of History at Shiv Nadar University, India.

The historical journey of surgery from being a provincial trade in Scotland to an imperial medical service in British India over the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The starting point is Thomas Wise’s recognition of “the barber-surgeon” in his native assistant, who was uninitiated in the advances of modern surgery.





Born in Dundee in 1802, Dr Thomas Alexander Wise worked in India as a physician and surgeon. A true polymath, Dr Wise collected everything from Egyptian amulets to Irish copper axes, and wrote treatise on subjects as varied as the Hindu system of medicine, Buddhist imagery on Pictish stones, diseases of the eye and the preservation of ice.

Dr Wise also collected a spectacular set of maps of Tibet. Thanks to a loan from the British Library, this exhibition reunites the maps and objects. Join Dr Wise on a journey to the places he travelled and those he only visited in his imagination.

The Wise Ways exhibition runs until 25 August 2018 at The McManus.

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