Art & Literature Episodes

Past & Present Art & Literature Dermatology Skin

Ep.19 - Past & Present - Dermatology

March 3, 2023

Delves into the history of dermatology and modern-day dermatology practice.

Art & Literature Edinburgh Mental Health Psychiatry

Ep.79 - Maureen Park - Patient art at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital

March 18, 2022

Dr Maureen Park uses the archive of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital to examine the reasons why, and the extent to which, drawing was promoted as a ‘therapeutic’ activity in the hospital.

Anatomy Art & Literature Military Medicine Surgery

Ep.72 - Sam Alberti - Watercolour, woodcut and wax - Medical illustration around 1900

Dec. 10, 2021

Anatomy and surgery have strong extra-textual elements. The development and transmission of these crafts rely heavily on visual communication in a range of media, whether by practitioners or (other) illustrators.

Art & Literature

Ep.71 - Lauren Barnett - Alienation and Beauty in Medical Photography

Nov. 26, 2021

Explores the role of alienation and beauty in medical photography, and the evocative questions each raised for doctors.

Art & Literature Edinburgh

Ep.70 - Ambrose Parry - The Art Of Dying And The History Of Chloroform

Nov. 12, 2021

Authors Ambrose Parry (Dr Marisa Haetzman & Chris Brookmyre) discuss their new historical novel of medicine & murder, The Art of Dying.

Anatomy Art & Literature

Ep.54 - Keren Hammerschlag - William Orpen: looking at bodies in medicine and art

April 2, 2021

William Orpen: Looking at Bodies in Medicine and Art, by Dr Keren Hammerschlag.

Anatomy Art & Literature

Ep.50 - Richard Barnett - The Theatre of Anatomy

Feb. 5, 2021

Drawing on the images collected in his award-winning book, Richard Barnett explores a corpus of art that is beautiful and morbid, singular and sublime.

Anatomy Art & Literature

Ep.47 - Anna Maerker - Gendering Artificial Anatomies: Practices and Materials

Dec. 25, 2020

Explores two aspects of gendering in the production and deployment of, not only the Auzoux papier-mâché anatomical models, but other contemporaneous artificial anatomies also.

Art & Literature ENT Infectious Diseases Sexual Health

Ep.45 - Noelle Gallagher - Syphilitic Noses In Eighteenth Century British Literature And Art

Nov. 27, 2020

Dr Noelle Gallagher explores the weird and wonderful cultural life of deformed noses in eighteenth-century British literature and art.

Art & Literature Mental Health Psychiatry

Ep.36 - Chris Philo - The Wild and Tranquil Geographies of Animals and Madness

July 24, 2020

Prof. Chris Philo explores the ‘madness’ of both human and animals.

Art & Literature

Ep.24 - David Purdie - What Killed Burns And What Did Not?

June 10, 2020

"What Killed Burns and What Did Not?" by Professor Emeritus David Purdie.

Art & Literature

Ep.20 - Alan Emery - Doctor-Patient Relationship in Art (From Ancient Greece to the Present Day)

June 10, 2020

Doctor-Patient Relationship in Art (From Ancient Greece to the Present Day) by Prof Alan Emery.

Art & Literature Infectious Diseases

Ep.17 - Catherine Jones - Benjamin Rush, the Yellow Fever, and the Rise of Physician Autobiography

June 10, 2020

Dr Catherine Jones examines the links between Benjamin Rush’s autobiography ‘Travels through Life’ and his protracted feud with William Cobbett.

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Ep.8 - Thomas Rütten - Thomas Mann’s Fictional Characters and Their Quest for the Patient Narrative

June 10, 2020

Explores the interface between medicine and literature in Thomas Mann's work and assesses the latter’s relevance for a medical historiography that takes the individuality of the patient seriously.

Art & Literature Infectious Diseases Military Medicine Public Health

Ep.3 - Helen King - Poems On Plagues: Thomas Sprat And The Later History Of The Plague Of Athens

June 10, 2020

"Poems on Plagues: Thomas Sprat and the Later History of the Plague of Athens", examines responses to Thucydides’ narrative of the plague of Athens.