Soutra: Surgery & Superstition

Events programme announced for HLF Funded Soutra: Surgery & Superstition Surgeons’ Hall Museums today is delighted to announce its calendar of events for the Heritage Lottery Funded project Soutra: Surgery & Superstition. This project is part of a £7,000 HLF Stories, Stones and Bones grant that the museum received in May this year. Throughout October…

Pathology Spotlight – Osteomyelitis

  The latest Pathology Spotlight looks at osteomyelitis of the tibia, and the curious tale associated with it.  The specimen is a tibia, greatly expanded at the upper end by a large cavity containing  a sinus with a plug inserted in it. In 1814, at the age of 17 years, the owner of this tibia…

Preliminary Diagnosis

Our new Assistant Curator Louise Wilkie writes about her first month at Surgeons’ Hall Museums.  I have now been the Assistant Curator at Surgeons Hall for one month and what a month it has been. There is so much to learn of the rich collections here, not to mention a whole range of new medical…

Pathology Spotlight – Metastatic sarcoma of the orbit

Sarcomas are a rare type of cancer that can develop almost anywhere in the body , because they arise in mesenchymal cells which occur all over the body– i.e. fat, cartilage, bone, muscle, vascular or the tissue in which blood cells arise. This specimen is  a metastatic sarcoma of the right orbit and the surrounding…

Pathology Spotlight – Simpson’s Forceps

Pathology Spotlight takes a look at obstetrical forceps used by Sir James Young Simpson. These forceps are applied on the fetal head to aid difficult deliveries. They are shaped to accommodate the temporary elongation of the fetal head as it moves through the birth canal. Over the course of his career, Simpson designed various improved…

Pathology Spotlight – Melanoma of the Skin

Our 14th Pathology Spotlight looks at a melanoma of the skin on a big toe.  The specimen is a resected big toe with the right half of the toenail removed to reveal a melanoma, which is visible as an area of dark discolouration on the right side. According to the contemporary notes on the the…

Pathology Spotlight – Mitral Valve Disease

Our 13th Pathology Spotlight features a heart with mitral valve disease.  The specimen is a horizontal cut through a heart showing the thick muscular wall of the left ventricle enclosing the lower end of a prosthetic mitral valve which has been stitched into position to replace a diseased one.  The mitral valve is the valve…