The Old Operating Theatre, Britain's oldest operating theatre, is an unusual tourist attraction, located on top of St. Thomas's Church along with the herb store originally used by St. Thomas's Hospital's apothecary. The 19th century operating theatre displays incisive instruments and placards on how surgeons performed operations without anaesthesia or antiseptic, at times intoxicating patients with alcohol to numb the pain. A study in gore, a box of sawdust was placed below the table to soak up oozing blood while operations were performed in full view of a talkative audience of medical students.
9a Saint Thomas Street, United Kingdom
Nearest Transit: London Bridge (Lines: Jubilee, Northern)
+44 20 7188 26
The Old Operating Theatre and Nearby Attractions on Map
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