Edinburgh Episodes

Botany Edinburgh Physicians' Flowers Poison Substance Use/Misuse

Ep.82 - Iain Milne - Physicians, Plants And Poisons

April 29, 2022

Explores botany and medicine in Edinburgh since the 16th Century.

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.

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.

Edinburgh Immunology Poison

Ep.61 - Peter Hobbins - Edinburgh's Forgotten Contribution To Antivenoms

July 9, 2021

Reveals how a President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh collaborated with a former student in the colony of Queensland to develop the theory and practice of applied immunology.

Anatomy Burke & Hare Edinburgh

Ep.40 - Janet Philp - Burke, Now and Then

Sept. 18, 2020

Janet Philp explores the history around the tale of Edinburgh’s infamous body-snatchers Burke and Hare, and Dr. Knox, the recipient of their shady undertakings.


Ep.32 - Martin Willis - Medical Tourism in Victorian Edinburgh

June 10, 2020

Focuses on an under-represented area of medical history: the depiction of places of medicine in 19th-century travel guides.


Ep.26 - Mark Harrison - Medical Innovation in the British Empire: The Edinburgh Connection

June 10, 2020

Medical Innovation in the British Empire: The Edinburgh Connection, by Professor Mark Harrison.

Anatomy Burke & Hare Edinburgh Forensics

Ep.16 - Lisa Rosner - Crime Scene Edinburgh: Forensic Science In The Era Of Burke And Hare

June 10, 2020

Prof. Lisa Rosner takes a CSI-style approach to discuss the notorious murders carried out by Burke and Hare, who supplied bodies for dissection at Edinburgh's medical school.

Edinburgh Mental Health Psychiatry

Ep.11 - Allan Beveridge - Voices Of The Mad: Patients’ Letters From The Royal Edinburgh Asylum

June 10, 2020

Drawing on over a thousand patient letters, this examines the lives of inmates at the Royal Edinburgh Asylum when the renowned psychiatrist Thomas Clouston was Superintendent.