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The International Medical Congress held in London in 1881 was the largest medical meeting held up to that date. It publicised the case for using living animals in medical experiments, and it gave physicians and surgeons from many countries the chance to hear of the new science of bacteriology from speakers such as Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch. People attending from North America included the head of the Surgeon-General's Library, John Shaw Billings, and the young Canadian doctor William Osler, who later became a revered teacher and writer.
oil on canvas
H 135 x W 200 cm (E)
purchased by Henry S. Wellcome, c.1900–1936
A. P. Tilt 1882