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Wren 300 Exhibition

Christopher Wren’s Medical Discoveries: The ‘Architect of Human Anatomy’

Wren 300 is a multi-faceted celebration of the life and work of the renowned British architect, mathematician, astronomer and scientist Sir Christopher Wren, marking the tercentenary of his death in 2023.

17th May at 6 pm

At Gresham College, Barnard’s Inn Hall, Barnards Inn, London EC1N 2HH (map)

By Jaideep Pandit

Christopher Wren was part of probably the first ‘research team’ assembled in Oxford in the 17th century, dedicated to better understanding the human body. With colleagues, Wren contributed to: the near-discovery of oxygen; the first human transfusion of blood; the first intravenous therapy and first intravenous anaesthetic; the description of the anatomy of the arteries supplying the brain (the ‘circle of Willis’); and remarkably, the first successful cardiac resuscitation.

The lecture from Professor Jaideep Pandit will explain the continued relevance of these discoveries.

Jaideep Pandit is Professor of Anaesthesia at the University of Oxford.

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