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The strange tale of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hunter: the social and professional life of naturalist John Hunter (1728-1793)

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When Robert Louis Stevenson settled on the former residence of a private medical lecturer as the setting for The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde he tapped a rich seam of spatial metaphor. His choice may well have been informed by his own knowledge of the anatomy schools of London and Edinburgh.  In our First Natural History Cabinet of the Michaelmas term, Simon Chaplin, Senior Curator of the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons suggests that the spatial elements which lend themselves so neatly to Stevenson’s tale of Victorian moral conflict originated in the management of an equally pressing disparity between the social and professional lives of the Georgian anatomist and naturalist John Hunter (1728-1793).

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