The Battle of the Barbers and the Leeches

The above title refers to the friendly rivalry between the Physicians and the Surgeons of Edinburgh for the annual Handicap event played by the Royal Colleges Golf Club. The inaugural match teed off in 1890 and continues to be held every May at Luffness New Golf Club. It was founded by, and first captained by…

Pathology Spotlight -Bowel Cancer

Our final Pathology Spotlight blog of the year looks at bowel cancer. Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK today, affecting around 1 in 19 women and 1 in 14 men. According to Cancer Research UK, there are now more than 41,900 new cases of bowel cancer being diagnosed every year [source]….

What it’s like working behind the scenes at an anatomy museum

Gillian McDonald writes for iNews in this latest blog post.  Surgeons’ Hall Museums are home to one of the largest and most historic collections of pathology in the world. From the personal collections of renowned anatomists such as Charles Bell, to infamous specimens like the pocketbook made from the skin of murderer William Burke, the…

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…