Pathology Spotlight – Staghorn Calculus

The kidney contains several chambers known as calyces through which urine moves by peristaltic motion before converging into the renal pelvis and passing into the ureter and bladder. This huge kidney stone has taken the shape of the pelvis and calyces of the kidney from whence it came, effectively forming a cast of the spaces…

Women, Medicine & The War Effort

This month hosts a series of anniversaries and commemorations that remind us about the important role some pioneering women played in pathing the way for the future of women in medicine. On the 18th November in 1870 a riot took place outside Surgeons Hall in protest of seven women sitting an anatomy exam. These women…

Pathology Spotlight – Pleural Mesothelioma

The specimen is a slice through a left lung showing the yellowish-white mesothelioma tumour tissue encasing dark grey, normal lung. The tumour has grown around the pleura space – a virtual space between the visceral pleura that covers the lungs and the parietal pleura that lines the inside of the chest wall. This specimen was…

Soutra: The story (stones & bones) so far…

In May 2017, the Museums were awarded £7,000 as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Stories, Stones and Bones. This grant was to form a programme of events for October, titled “Soutra: Surgery & Superstition“. Throughout October, Surgeons’ Hall Museums has been working with partners and artists that has included Borders Youth Theatre, City…

Pathology Spotlight – Leprosy

The latest Pathology Spotlight focuses on leprosy and the science behind it.  Leprosy was once a disease that inspired great fear. It was mutilating and incurable, and people believed it to be highly contagious. Sufferers – and those suffering mild skin conditions suspected of harbouring the disease – were segregated from society through the middle…

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…