10 DECEMBER 2018 - MEDICAL GOLD: FROM ANCIENT EGYPT TO THE NOBEL PRIZE
From earliest times man has linked the lustre of gold with the warm, life giving light of the sun. This talk illustrates four thousand years of the history of gold in medicine. The ancient Egyptians used it for its magico-religious properties. Mediaeval alchemists strived to produce it as a source of eternal youth. Today it is a substance used in medical instrumentation, investigation and cutting edge therapies.
This lecture illustrates how artists such as Rogier Van Der Weyden, Joseph Wright and Gustav Klimt, as well as numerous goldsmiths and instrument makers, have defined medicine’s relationship with the most coveted of all the elements. The lecture ends by describing how the ultimate “medical gold”, the Nobel Prize, has acknowledged some of the fundamental advances in medical science.
James Grant MBE
Grant-JamesAs a retired country doctor with a lifetime of working in the NHS both in hospital and in rural practice I am passionate about all aspects of medicine, its history and its relationship to art and artists. I feel very strongly that lecturing should be stimulating, informative and entertaining. I have been very privileged to be able to share my interests with others lecturing to a variety of different groups and now as a lecturer for The Arts Society.