John Hunter and public engagement in science

Brian Cox describes how John Hunter was very successful in engaging the public in his work in order to try to garner public support for his work. Hunter was a pioneer in surgery, but he had developed his skills by using bodies that were legitimately obtained from executions, and also illegally from grave-robbing. This made him unpopular with members of the public. He founded a museum to display his work to the public in the belief that fear of his work was due to ignorance. This allowed members of the public to confront their moral objections to his work.

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