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  1. United Kingdom
  2. South East England
  3. London

London: Medicine and Disease Tour

Product ID: 178490
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On this tour you will discover the history of medicine and disease on a walking tour through London. Hear about the epidemics that spread through the city, and the medical reformers that helped create the modern healthcare system.
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Duration 3 hours
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  • Explore the first medical school for women in Britain
  • See remains of the first foundling hospital
  • Hear stories about British medical reformers
  • See site of the first hospital created by Florence Nightingale
  • Visit longest surviving medical society in England
Full description
London was once known as a dirty place, a site where epidemics spread quickly. On this tour you will examine London's medical past. Discover how healthcare traders transformed themselves into professionals, hear stories about the greatest people in medicine, see the places where people sought treatment, and learn about cholera outbreaks.

Meet your guide at the statue of Thomas Coram, a philanthropist and campaigner who saved abandoned infants. Walk towards the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and the place that was formerly the Hospital for Infirm and Incurable Women. Discover how hysteria was treated by doctors and how doctor Joseph Mortimer Granville invented the first vibrator.

Walk through the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Disease and discover how incurable diseases were brought to London over the past few centuries. Pass by the Cardiovascular Society founded by a Scottish cardiologist, before you arrive at the site of the Florence Nightingale's first hospital. Walk past the oldest surviving medical society in England, founded in 1773 by a Quaker physician, before finishing your tour at the Royal Society of Medicine.
  • Professional guide
  • 3-hour walking tour
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in the front of the Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1AZ.

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Pigeon Tours London

Product ID: 178490