Season 1


Ep.85 - Michael Cholbi - Grief And The Pandemic

June 10, 2022

Prof Michael Cholbi explores the medical and emotional understanding of grief in times of global pandemic.

Food & Diet FOOD: Recipe Or Remedy

Ep.84 - Ally Zlatar - The Starving Artist

May 27, 2022

Ally Zlatar uncovers the history of medical recipes and the historical relationship between food and medicine.

Food & Diet FOOD: Recipe Or Remedy

Ep.83 - Charlotte Holmes - Early Modern Scottish Recipe Books

May 13, 2022

Charlotte Holmes uncovers the history of medical recipes and the historical relationship between food and medicine.

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.

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”.

COVID-19 Curation

Ep.80 - Natasha McEnroe - Collecting COVID For The Future

April 1, 2022

Natasha McEnroe explores how both presences and absences in the museum record can shed light on the challenges and dynamics of collecting around pandemic and infectious diseases.

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.

Clinical Trials

Ep.78 - Iain Milne - The History Of Clinical Trials And James Lind

March 4, 2022

Iain Milne discusses some key figures from the history of medicine and clinical trials, including James Lind.

Sexual Health Urology

Ep.77 - Ericka Johnson - Cultural Biography Of Prostate

Feb. 18, 2022

Ericka Johnson discusses what we think the prostate is and what we use the prostate to think about, examining it in historical, cultural, social, and medical contexts.

Sexual Health

Ep.76 - Stephanie Allen - Counterfeiting the Loss of Virginity

Feb. 4, 2022

Dr Stephanie Allen examines an element of female sexual fraud; counterfeit maidenheads.


Ep.75 - Gavin Francis - Intensive Care

Jan. 21, 2022

Dr Gavin Francis discusses his experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic in Edinburgh and the islands of Orkney, and its impact on intensive care.

Remote & Rural Remedies

Ep.74 - Patricia Whatley - Caring For The Poor In The Highlands

Jan. 7, 2022

Dr Patricia Whatley discusses the changing issues relating to the work of the GP in the second half of the 19th century in the remote and isolated regions of the Highlands.

Food & Diet Remote & Rural Remedies

Ep.73 - Charlotte Holmes - Medical Recipes And Overindulgence

Dec. 24, 2021

Charlotte Holmes examines the history of early recipe books and their use to treat a wide range of complaints.

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.

Infectious Diseases Respiratory

Ep.69 - Derek Sloan - Spitting Blood - Current Approaches To Tuberculosis Treatment

Oct. 29, 2021

Dr Derek Sloan, who has worked in both high and low-income countries, considers why tuberculosis (TB) still remains a threat and what can be done to combat this disease.

Geriatric Medicine Palliative Care

Ep.68 - Paul Keeley - The Rise and Fall of the Liverpool Care Pathway

Oct. 15, 2021

A historical study and analysis of the events surrounding the emergence of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP), an integrated care pathway for dying patients, developed in the late 1990s.

Ep.67 - Ciarán McCabe - Humane Societies and the International Exchange of Medical Knowledge

Oct. 1, 2021

Examines the context in which British and Irish humane societies were founded and operated - delving deep into this fascinating and, historically, relatively neglected movement.

Infectious Diseases

Ep.66 - Mona O'Brien - Essential but Suspect Medical Practitioners in Nuremberg, 1495–1560

Sept. 17, 2021

Essential but Suspect Medical Practitioners in Nuremberg, 1495–1560, by Dr Mona O'Brien.

Curation Infectious Diseases

Ep.65 - Anna Dhody - The Mütter Research Institute

Sept. 3, 2021

Anna Dhody talks about the ways scientists are looking to the past to improve our future.


Ep.64 - Iain Donaldson - Some tests of universal remedies for poison in the 16th century

Aug. 20, 2021

In renaissance Europe the great feared poisoning and relied on universal remedies against all poisons. This discusses some contemporary tests of the efficacy of such remedies.

Sexual Health

Ep.63 - Jennifer Evans - Men's Sexual Health In Early Modern England

Aug. 6, 2021

How did men cope with sexual health issues in early modern England? How did they feel when their bodies failed them? This talk investigates how sexual, reproductive, and genitourinary conditions were understood.

Emergency Medicine

Ep.62 - Graham Mooney - From Casualty Room To A&E, History Of A Hospital Space

July 23, 2021

Explores how and why the casualty department was transformed over the course of the 20th century.

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.

Diabetes Food & Diet

Ep.60 - Martin Moore - Sugar and Spikes - Historical Approaches to Diabetes Treatment

June 25, 2021

Dr Martin Moore explores how medical thought, patient experience and everyday practice of self-management of diabetes were influenced by broader structures in British politics, culture, and society.


Ep.59 - Sachiko Kusukawa - Vesalius And The Canon Of The Human Body

June 11, 2021

Dr Sachiko Kusukawa examines the different - and often ingenious - ways in which Andreas Vesalius used anatomical images in his book, De humani corporis fabrica.

Dentistry Public Health

Ep.58 - Glen O'Hara - ‘Inadmissable and Cruel’ Fear and Risk in Britain’s Post-War Fluoride Debate

May 28, 2021

‘Inadmissable and Cruel': Fear and Risk in Britain’s Post War Fluoride Debate, by Professor Glen O'Hara.

Infectious Diseases Public Health Sexual Health

Ep.57 - Mona O’Brien - Controlling An Angry Dog - Understanding And Managing The French Disease

May 14, 2021

Mona O’Brien explores how Europeans came to understand syphilis and some of the measures that they enacted in an attempt to control it during the period from the first pandemic outbreak (c.1495) until the 17th century.

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.

Public Health

Ep.55 - Alex Mold - Placing the public in public health: Public health in Britain, 1948-2010

April 16, 2021

Explores and explains the changing place of the public within public health in post-war Britain.

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.

Military Medicine Public Health

Ep.53 - Beverly Bergman - Military Public Health from the Crimea to World War One

March 19, 2021

Explores how the development of an understanding of the principles of public health in wartime during the late nineteenth century helped to protect troops exposed to the challenging conditions of the First World War.

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.

Diabetes Food & Diet

Ep.51 - Mark Strachan - Sugar and Spikes - Current Approaches to Diabetes Treatment

Feb. 19, 2021

Dr Mark Strachan discusses the latest, cutting-edge research currently being undertaken in Edinburgh.

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.

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.


Ep.48 - Ian Burney - The House Of Murder: The Emergence Of The Forensic Team

Jan. 8, 2021

Dr Burney uses the notorious case of the serial murderer John Christie (1953) to explore the contours of English homicide investigation at mid-century and detail the broader ‘forensic culture’ within which the case unfolded.

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.

Military Medicine Surgery

Ep.46 - Tom Scotland - The Changing Management of Abdominal Wounds During the Great War

Dec. 11, 2020

Explores the experiences of surgeons and nurses during the 3rd Battle of Ypres in 1917, from casualty clearing stations positioned within 5 miles of the front line.

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.

Infectious Diseases Public Health

Ep.44 - Jane Stevens - Books and Beaks: Doctors’ Fight Against the Plague in Early Modern Europe

Nov. 13, 2020

Considers continuity and change in the attitudes and advice given by doctors between 1500 and 1700 regarding the plague.

Infectious Diseases Sexual Health

Ep.43 - Tracey Jolliffe - Syphilis In The 21st Century

Oct. 30, 2020

Tracey Jolliffe discusses the science of syphilis in the 21st century.


Ep.42 - Vivian Nutton - An Urge to Correct: Andreas Vesalius Revised

Oct. 16, 2020

Professor Vivian Nutton discusses Vesalius’ activities as reviser and corrector over his career as a Galenic anatomist.

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.

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.

Anatomy Curation

Ep.39 - Sophie Goggins - Prosthetics: From Maker to User

Sept. 4, 2020

Reviews the history of prosthetics in Edinburgh and emerging technologies that are shaping the field.

Infectious Diseases Public Health

Ep.38 - John Henderson - Coping With Plague - Public Health And Epidemics

Aug. 21, 2020

Professor John Henderson argues that it is time to re-examine and reassess early modern Italian policies dealing with plague.

Substance Use/Misuse

Ep.37 - Jim Mills - Substance Abuse: Past and Present

Aug. 7, 2020

Considers the changing public perception of drugs such as cannabis and the factors which have influenced its longevity, including immigration, diplomacy, medical science, and politics.

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.