Bones of 18th Century Acromegalic Taken Off Museum Display

Photo courtesy of the Queen Mary University of London.

The bones of an 18th century acromegalic Irish man named Charles Byrne were on display as a medical curiosity for 140 years before being taken off display, in accordance with his last wishes. Byrne was almost 8 feet tall when he died in 1783 and had requested a burial at sea, however a friend sold his body to a surgeon named John Hunter. It eventually ended up on display at the Hunterian Museum, which is affiliated with the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Read more:



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