The labyrinth of disability and medicine

John Hunter, Hunterian Museum, taxonomy, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

A review of the ‘Labyrinth of Living Exhibits’ at London’s Hunterian Museum, a performance from a group of disabled artists asked to respond to the pickled specimens and curiosities behind the museum’s glass cabinets.

Describing the collection, museum director Sam Alberti said it was organised as it would have been in the time of its founder, the 18th century surgeon John Hunter: “This is taxonomy’s darker side – it pathologises people,” he said.


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