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Centre for Medical Humanities


'Elegant Surgery' The Beauty of Clinical Expertise

30th January 2012, 18:15 to 20:00, Lecture Room 201, Elvet Riverside, Professor Jane Macnaughton

This lecture will preview another major event in the IAS 'Recovery of Beauty' theme, an exhibition to be held in collaboration with the Durham Light Infantry Museum Art Gallery in the spring of 2012.  The exhibition, entitled 'About Face' will feature a series of paintings by the artist-surgeon Henry Tonks, who worked with the father of plastic surgery, Harold Gillies, during the First World War.  The lecture will focus on the use of 'elegance' as a common descriptor for surgical procedures, including those of Gillies, and will reflect upon the reasons for this and the implications for embodied clinical practice.


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