Sir Astley Cooper 250th Anniversary Event

Astley Cooper Event

KCL Anatomy Society is proud to celebrate Sir Astley Cooper’s 250th Anniversary by holding an event featuring guest speakers Professor Ellis and Mr Bill Edwards!

Sir Astley Cooper is a world renown English surgeon and anatomist, who made huge historical contributions to otology, vascular surgery, the anatomy and pathology of the mammary glands and testicles, and the pathology and surgery of hernia. Amongst the large record of the remarkable variety of successful operations he performed, (all before the days of antiseptic surgery!), he was the first to tie the abdominal aorta as a means of treating an aneurysm, pioneered surgical hernia repair and tying of the carotid artery. After studying in London, Paris and Edinburgh Sir Astley Cooper worked in Guy’s Hospital, and became professor of comparative anatomy to the Royal College of Surgeons. He also became the appointed surgeon to King George IV for which he received a baronetcy.

Professor Ellis will talk on Sir Astley’s contributions to anatomy and surgery and the Mr Edwards will present on the specimens we have in the Gordon Museum from Cooper and their significance.

Professor Ellis is a world renown British surgeon. Prof. Ellis has held positions as Vice-President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and of the Royal Society of Medicine and was president of the British Association of Surgical Oncology. An Emeritus Professor of Surgery in the University of London, we are honoured to experience his inspirational teaching at the Department of Anatomy & Human Sciences at King’s, and his dedication to the NHS since its foundation. He is also the author of the definitive textbook of Clinical Anatomy which is currently in its thirteenth edition.

Mr Bill Edwards is the curator of the Gordon Museum for the last sixteen years, and is also Senior Tutor and Deputy course director of the EMDP Medical Programme. He has a particular background in physiology and developmental biology and has worked as a scientist in industry, moving into medical and dental education in the Gordon Museum in 1980.

Please note, as the event is taking place in the Gordon Museum, only staff and students in medical or medical and healthcare associated degrees or work will be able to attend with ID.

This is definitely not an event to miss!

Date: Monday 5 March
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Gordon Museum, Guys Campus

Limited spaces, so make sure to sign up to secure your place!

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Hope to see you there!

King’s College London Anatomy Society