Medieval Medical Display
If you should have gone down to the Upper School woods on the 27th June you’d sure have been in for a big surprise.
For there, amongst the trees, and next to the babbling brook, a medieval surgery had been set up. Cauterising irons were heated until they were glowing red hot; the air was cleared of noxious miasma and the knives and probes were razor sharp.
This nightmare vision, however, was not some desperate response to a fast-spreading plague, but a history lesson for Year 8 pupils. The lesson was conducted by Mr Jones and Mr Howell, ably assisted by a talented and enthusiastic group of Year 12 volunteers, who had bravely agreed to act as patients.
The Year 8 students were taught about the theories of disease common to 13th century England, and were then able to watch a series of surgical operations as Mr Howell battled to cure Epilepsy, to conduct amputations and to pull teeth.