Pathology Spotlight: Acute pulmonary oedema caused by poison Gas in WWI.

In September’s Pathology Spotlight, the Museums Senior Research Fellow, Ken Donaldson, looks at acute pulmonary oedema caused by poison Gas in WWI. This is a lung taken at post mortem from a British WWI soldier who was gassed with dichlorethyl sulphide, also known as sulphur mustard gas, in France on the 22nd July 1917. His…

Burchell’s Famous Sugar Plumbs for Worms

In this latest post, Dr. Iain Macleod looks at one of the more unusual items in our collections. Surgeons’ Hall Museums holds many fascinating objects, but few can be stranger than a collection of nine 18th Century tokens or medals. These were produced by Basil Burchell, (1765-1838), dealer in patent medicines, later a jeweller and…

An Army That Cannot Bite Cannot Fight

In our latest blog, guest author Iain MacLeod takes a look at a British War Office issued dental stoppings (fillings) kit from our collection and tells us why it is so remarkable. Amongst the museum archive collections of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is a small wooden box containing the equipment required to…

Unmaking a Murderer

John Baxter writes for Surgeons’ Hall Museums in this guest post chronicling William Burke’s movements in his final 24 hours.  The story of the West Port Murders is one of the most shocking ever recorded in Scottish judicial history.  Over a period of 10 months in 1828, William Burke and William Hare murdered 16 people…

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…

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,…

Skin & Stone: Tattoos & Tombstones with Dig It! 2015

This post originally appeared on Scotland’s Urban Past on 30th October and was written by Sami Binnie. The weather was actually quite lovely when Katie R, Alice and I met up with Julianne and Jeff from Dig It! 2015 in the charming Café 1505 beside the grand Playfair building at Surgeons’ Hall Museums . Here, we discussed…

A Dissection of the New Surgeons’ Hall Museums

We recently invited Cherry Martin, author of The Irregular Anatomist to write a guest article on her experience of the new Surgeons’ Hall Museums. As a frequent visitor and anatomy enthusiast, we were keen to hear what Cherry made of the redevelopments and how her experience compared to previous visits. With a history as dark as…

The Charging Officer and The Sword-Marked Skull: Remembering Waterloo

This post is by guest blogger, Sarah Sharp, a third year PhD candidate in the English Literature Department at the University of Edinburgh. She is a current member of SWINC (Scottish Writing in the Nineteenth Century) and is a research assistant on the new Edinburgh edition of the collected works of Robert Louis Stevenson. Her…

Charles McKerrow, the remarkable Ayrshire GP

On the 100th anniversary of the day Britain entered the First World War, this blog commemorates the remarkable Ayrshire GP, Charles McKerrow. This week’s post is by guest lecturer and friend of the Museum, Dr Emily Mayhew, Research Associate at Imperial College London.  For Scottish GP Charles McKerrow, August 1914 was a time where, as…