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…

Pathology Spotlight: The Pathology of Allergy – Nasal Polyps

As it is Allergy Awareness Week, this month’s Pathology Spotlight blog is about Nasal Polyps.  This specimen shows a section through the head in which nasal polyps can be seen in the nasal cavity. Nasal polyps often show the stalked appearance seen here, growing out from the nasal or sinus lining where they can become…

Medicine Men – Truly International Operators

Rohan Almond, Assistant Curator, and Thomas Elliott, Head of Museum Learning & Interpretation discuss the new temporary exhibition at Surgeons’ Hall Museums – Medicine Men. This new temporary exhibition highlights a more unusual aspect of the museum collection. It tells the stories of a few medical personalities with a connection to the College who travelled…

A Unique Skull from a Pivotal Battle

In this blog post we take a look at a recent project working with the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) on a skull from our collection. Rohan Almond, Assistant Curator, talks us through the significance of the specimen, and the amazing technology NTS are using to recreate it. “Even at this distance of time it…

Pathology Spotlight: Brain attack – Bacterial meningitis

Continuing our blog series of posts entitled “Pathology Spotlight”,  a new regular feature where we will be sharing content describing interesting specimens from our collection with an emphasis on the patho-physiological process. The brain is covered with three layers of protective membranes known collectively as the meninges. These membranes can become infected causing meningitis, a life-threatening condition…

Pathology Spotlight: What becomes of the broken hearted?

The first in a series of posts entitled “Pathology Spotlight”, a new regular feature where we will be sharing content describing interesting specimens from our collection with an emphasis on the patho-physiological process.