Mental Health Episodes

Past & Present Mental Health Psychiatry

Ep.8 - Past & Present - Psychiatry

Sept. 30, 2022

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

Emotions Mental Health

Ep.81 - Thomas Dixon - Thomas Brown - Inventor Of The Emotions

April 15, 2022

Dr Thomas Brown - considered to have been the “inventor of the emotions”.

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.

Mental Health Psychiatry

Ep.56 - Allan Beveridge - Sir Alexander Morison and The Physiognomy of Mental Diseases

April 30, 2021

Dr Allan Beveridge discusses the 19th century Scottish pioneer of psychiatric medicine Sir Alexander Morison and the collection of illustrations of asylum patients which he commissioned.

Forensics Medico-legal Mental Health Psychiatry

Ep.52 - John Crichton - Forensic Psychiatry From Plato to the Modern ‘Insanity’ Defence

March 5, 2021

John Crichton considers the origins of Scotland’s ‘insanity’ law and what ancient themes are still relevant today.

Mental Health Moonstruck: 500 Years Of Mental Health Psychiatry

Ep.49 - Sarah Wise - Gaslight Stories - Women In White, Eccentric Heirs, Inconvenient People

Jan. 22, 2021

Sarah Wise examines a number of disputed lunacy cases, ranging from the 1820s to the 1890s - including the unsavoury incident that Sir Alexander Morison himself became embroiled in.

Geriatric Medicine Mental Health

Ep.41 - Lisa Smith - Fragments from an Eighteenth-Century Family Scandal

Oct. 2, 2020

Lisa Smith discusses the tumultuous relationships of the Newdigates and attempts to piece together a shadowy family scandal from the perspectives of father, daughter and son.

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.

Gender Mental Health

Ep.27 - James Kennaway - The Piano Plague: The Medical Campaign Against Female Musical Education

June 10, 2020

For much of the 19th-C there was serious medical discussion about the dangers of excessive music in girls’ education. This examines theories relating to this medical panic and consider motivations behind it.

Emotions Mental Health

Ep.21 - Mark Jackson - The Age of Stress: Myth or Reality?

June 10, 2020

Traces the history of stress in the twentieth century, exploring scientific theories, clinical formulations and personal experiences of stress and stress-related diseases.

Emotions Food & Diet Gastroenterology Mental Health

Ep.15 - James Kennaway - Fashionable Stomach Complaints and the Mind in Georgian Britain

June 10, 2020

Examines the development of thinking on the mind-stomach nexus, and how such thinking was incorporated into critiques of modern Britain.

Mental Health Psychiatry

Ep.14 - Catherine Cox - Irish Migration, Institutionalisation and Mental Illness in 19thC England

June 10, 2020

Explores the migratory patterns of Irish patients into and through the Lancashire asylum system in the later 19th century.

Mental Health Military Medicine Psychiatry

Ep.13 - Edgar Jones - How Ideas about Psychiatric Trauma Evolved in the Two World Wars

June 10, 2020

Explores how healthcare professionals in the UK interpreted psychosomatic disorders such as shell shock, battle exhaustion and traumatic neurasthenia, in the context of psychiatric research and the new forms of warfare.

Gender Mental Health Psychiatry

Ep.10 - Gayle Davis - The Female Malady: The Relationship Between Madness, Psychiatry And Gender

June 10, 2020

Explores the relationship between madness, psychiatry and gender over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, using the Royal Edinburgh Asylum as a case study.

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.