An initiative to learn from: In connection with Jeff Hughes’ (CHSTM, Manchester) talk at the Whipple Museum in Cambridge next week about the early culture of the Cavendish laboratory and its tradition of singing scientific songs, music scientist Torben Rees is getting together a choir to perform some of these songs. Scholarly and art performance mutually support each others.

Maybe we could arrange a combined scholarly and art event in our medical theatre? Is there any archival material that records how pathologists were singing sarcastic medical songs during autopsy? Do the pathologists in CSI-series discretely hum rap texts about maimed bodies? There are many possibilities. Where’s the nearest medical choir?

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