Journey along the Volga River from Moscow to St Petersburg and learn about Russia’s culture and medical history in the expert, convivial company of Natasha McEnroe and Simon Chaplin.
This cruise will give you insight into the culture and history of this extraordinary land and also look at how medical practice developed here over many years. Examine traditional medicine, monastic healing and mysticism, the first stirrings of modern medicine under Peter the Great and the period of cultural awakening under Catherine the Great – who was inoculated against smallpox by an Englishman. Learn about the nineteenth century advancement under great medical pioneers such as Pirogov and Pavlov, and finally, the provision of medicine and education for the masses, which did not take place until after the revolutions of 1917.
Tour leader Natasha McEnroe and speaker Simon Chaplin – both expert medical historians - will give a number of private talks on the history, culture and medicine of Russia during the cruise and there will be escorted shore excursions along the way, as well as several days to enjoy the splendours of St Petersburg in one of its finest hotels. There is also an optional pre cruise extension in Moscow.
Natasha McEnroe is the Keeper of Medicine at the Science Museum in South Kensington, London. Her previous post was Director of the Florence Nightingale Museum, and prior to this was Museum Manager of the Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy and Curator of the Galton Collection at University College London. From 1997 – 2007, she was Curator of Dr Johnson’s House in London’s Fleet Street, and has also worked for the National Trust and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Natasha was co-editor of The Hospital in the Oatfield – The Art of Nursing in the First World War (2014); The Tyranny of Treatment: Samuel Johnson, His Friends and Georgian Medicine (2003); and editor of Medicine: An Imperfect Science(2019) and co-editor of The Medicine Cabinet(2019). Her research interests focus on 18th and 19th-century medical humanities. Natasha is a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Barbers.
Pre-Tour Moscow Extension:
* Should this museum be closed, we will visit the Medical History Museum of Moscow Medical University instead.
** At the time of writing, the collection is being restored and should be open by 2018.
*** Luggage will be put onboard a coach.
Cabin prices start from $3,763 per person sharing