Lecture, Central London, Wednesday, 17 May 2023 - 18:00

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

an image of Sir Christopher Wren with a surgery scene during the 17th century

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 will explain the continued relevance of these discoveries.

Professor Jaideep Pandit

Professor Jaideep Pandit

Jaideep Pandit is Professor of Anaesthesia at the University of Oxford.  He trained in Medicine at Oxford where he obtained a Double First in Physiology...

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