An exhibition at the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons of England looks at pioneering medical robots in real life and science fiction, using real robots, films, comics and anime. It’s open from 8 September to 23 December, and admission is free.
Among the featured exhibits and screenings will be examples of the work of Osamu Tezuka. Tezuka came from a medical family, was a qualified physician, and remained fascinated by medicine and surgery all his life. One of his best loved characters, Black Jack, is a surgeon operating outside the establishment – Robin Hood with a scalpel.
Tezuka used many medical and scientific concepts in his work and imagined developments that still seem like science fiction today. Even though the microscopic ‘vascular submarine’ he created in 1948 for his manga Tuberculoses is still a long way off, some of the real-life medical robots on show alongside his work are bringing science fiction to life in operating theatres across the world.