Between the Sheets

A lecture by Duncan Geddes



Conception, birth, adultery, illness, death and dreaming 


Duncan Geddes

Professor of Medicine 

Imperial College London


We spend a third of our life in bed. Many of the most important events in our life happen when we are lying down and only some of them are recorded in art or literature. 


Bed-scenes in medieval and renaissance paintings reveal attitudes at a time when religion and spirituality were far more important than biology or medicine.



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