On the 22 August, MTI staff, students and practitioners visited the Gordon Museum at Guy’s hospital, as well as the pathology museum at St Bart’s Hospital. The purpose of the visit was to help staff and students better understand different pathologies and gain further, and often deeper, understanding of how systemic conditions affect the body.
The Gordon museum at Guy’s hospital has many different levels. Each one houses a different body system, with annotated case studies of the specimens on display. The museum also offers a rich display of medical history dating back to the 16th century. During the visit, students from Hands-on Training and Amatsu Therapy were able to not only consider the pathologies taught in the AP&P programme on their massage course, but more importantly consider forensic pathology such as blunt trauma, poisoning, asphyxiation, plastic surgery, and early medicine evolution. Students thoroughly enjoyed the visit and spoke about how it enlivened their learning of both anatomy and pathology.
After a short lunch break in Borough market, the afternoon was spent exploring similar specimens at the pathology open day at St Bart’s Hospital. Once again, students and staff were able to test their understanding of diseases, consider contraindications to massage, and gain a broader understanding of how small changes in cells can devastate body function.