Tucked away in the Royal College of Surgeons in London is a little museum with big surprises.

Last Wednesday, as i walked by the Royal College of Surgeons in London, i saw a small sign that said “Hunterian Museum” with an arrow pointing to the top of stairs. I dutifully followed the arrow.

I wasn’t fully prepared for what i encountered there: animal foetuses in jars, the skull of a little boy born with a second skull attached to the top of his head, a transverse section of a leg and foot of a man suffering from elephantiasis, skeletons of animals born with extra legs or heads, pickled deformed animals, a prosthetic nose attached to eyeglasses, organs attacked by almost any kind of disease you could think of, and various bits and pieces of human and non-human animals preserved in glass jars.

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