X-Posed – A glimpse into the injuries of WWI

The museum has recently acquired a series of First World War Glass X-ray plates from Bellahouston Auxiliary Hospital in Glasgow dating from 1918-1919. NHS Fife donated the X-rays after they were discovered in Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy in 2014. Bellahouston House in Glasgow was converted into a military hospital during the First World War and operated…

Prisoner of War Artworks

Prisoner of war artworks, donated in 2005, came to our attention recently. They offer an insight into what war medics went through to keep soldiers alive when being held as prisoners during World War 2. Perhaps the most striking is this watercolour of a Japanese POW. The writing on the back reads: “Several Japanese P.O.Ws…

A Year In Review

Throughout 2017 Surgeons’ Hall Museums, Library & Archive have been delighted to host a diverse program of events from science workshops and talks to theatrical events and large scale partnership projects. We have welcomed back familiar faces to our events program such as artists Susie Wilson and Sarah Beevers and had a great time welcoming…

Pathology Spotlight – Atherosclerosis

This specimen is an opened up section of the common carotid artery, present ascending in the neck, at the point where it divides into the internal and external carotid arteries, which supply blood to the brain and face. The specimen is opened out to reveal the inside surface which should all be as smooth as…

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…