Pathology Spotlight – When bigger is not better

The image below shows a urinary bladder of an adult male opened up to reveal the inside surface. A spherical enlargement of the prostate gland (P) is overhanging and blocking the flow of urine into the urethra (U). The prostate grows around the urethra at the point at which it exits from the bladder and…

Pathology Spotlight – “Old Bones”

This skull shows the unmistakable appearance of osteoporosis, which has resulted in loss of bone from the skull, particularly around the jaw where the teeth should be present. The patient was ‘an aged, bedridden female’ according to the contemporary notes, who had suffered from generalised loss of bone mass from all the major bones of…

Pathology Spotlight – Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Lymphoma occurs when there is an overgrowth of cells in the lymph glands, enlarging them, predominantly in the armpits, chest, neck and groin.  In Hodgkin lymphoma (HL), the cells which begin to grow out of control are derived from B-lymphocytes -a type of white blood cell. The specimen below, was derived from a patient who presented…

Pathology Spotlight – From the eye to the brain

  This brain has been sliced through the middle in a plane parallel to the ground. The front of the brain is at the top and back is at the bottom. The two cerebral hemispheres are clearly seen divided by the longitudinal fissure running vertically through the centre.  Fifteen or so small, black, roundish secondary…

The SRB Interview: Gavin Francis

  The quality of Gavin Francis’ books belies the fact that writing is not his only occupation. Born in Fife in 1975, he qualified from medical school in Edinburgh in 1999 and spent ten years travelling around the world. In 2008 he published his first book, True North, which recounts a trip through Arctic Europe,…

“A pig that sings opera?”

Our first blog from our Learning Team at Surgeons’ Hall Museums reflecting on the recent Lung Dissection workshop that we hosted at the end of July. Last Thursday (28th July 2016) saw an exciting new development in education delivery at Surgeons’ Hall Museums- the dissection of a lung. An excited gaggle of young would-be surgeons, with…

Pathology Spotlight- The Hidden Scar: Cirrhosis of the Liver

  The cut surface of this liver shows the typical nodular appearance of cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is a chronic disease of the liver arising from a number of causes, the best- known of which are excess alcohol consumption and infection with hepatitis B and C viruses. However cirrhosis can arise in other scenarios where there is…

Pathology Spotlight – Cartilage, Cancer and Chondrosarcoma

  The specimen shows the effects of a tumour called a chondrosarcoma on the bones of the left side of the pelvis (the right side in the picture). The left ilium, the large curved bone which along with the right ilium comprise the major part of the pelvis, is highly degraded and damaged towards the…

The greatest master of the art: Sir William Fergusson

This month we look at one of our latest acquisitions to the collection, generously donated by Viscountess Monkton of Brenchley. This oil portrait of William Fergusson (1808-1877) was painted by Phoebus Levin in 1853. Levin was a German artist working in London in the mid to late 19th century. The painting was displayed at the…

Pathology Spotlight – Division of the Spinal Column

The spinal cord is the nerve bundle which communicates between the brain and the rest of the body and is crucial to sensation and movement. It sits in the spinal canal, which is a cavity that runs through the vertebral or spinal column. The spinal column is a complex bony structure made up of thirty-three…