Billets d'humeur

Hunterian Museum

(Inscription du musée)Skull of a 25-year old man showing enlargement due to hydrocephalus.

This specimen was part of the collection of the surgeon Robert Liston (1794-1847) It was to given to the college in 1842.

Hydrocephalus is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid witnin cavities inside the brain. This can cause enlargement of the skull in young children while the bones of the skull are still growing. In this case, the condition persisted into early adulthood. It was associated with osteomalacia or’adult rickets’ resulting from vitamin D deficiency

The remainder of the skeleton was also preserved in the museum but was destroyed in 1941.