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The Birkbeck Trauma Project
Department of History, Classics, and Archaeology
Birkbeck College
25-27 Russell Square
London WC1E 7HX


An unconscious naked man lying on a table being
attacked by little demons armed with surgical instruments,
symbolising the effects of chloroform on the human body.
Watercolour by R. Cooper. c. 1912.

Out this month...

The Story of Pain
Joanna Bourke, The Story of Pain. From Prayer to Painkillers (Oxford University Press, June 2014). Read more.

Funded by the Wellcome Trust

Etching in the crayon manner by
W. Herbert, c. 1770, after C. Le Brun.