Robert Smee

‘Robert Smee’ – an itinerant Barber-Surgeon: ‘Smee’, who travels from town to town, erecting his booth at markets and at fairs, offers his various ‘services’ to the general public; shaving, cutting hair, the drawing of teeth, and the letting of blood, are his more usual practices. He is also able to undertake amputations, attend to battlefield wounds, as well as a myriad of other surgical procedures! ‘Smee’ contrasts his lowly position with that of ‘Doctors of Physic’ and Apothecaries who, often working in partnership, rarely wish to be associated with Surgeons. This presentation, which is supported by an extensive range of surgical instruments, tools, equipment, and furniture, is suitable for both an interior and an exterior setting. The presentation may be adapted to portray a Surgeon in the 18th century/Georgian period.

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