Historic Hospitals of Edinburgh

As a youngster back in the 90s, I had to visit the hospital as an out-patient (after an operation) on several occasions. Back then it was the Edinburgh City Hospital, based in Colinton, which closed in the middle of my visits, where I then got transferred for check-ups at St John’s in Livingston. As a... Continue Reading →

I Was Dancing When I Was 8-legged: Tarantulas and Dancing Plagues

Yes, that title is a T.Rex reference. And, as Marc Bolan sings, he “danced out of the womb”, and so our story begins with a term originating from that word... The etymology of the term hysteria comes from the Greek word hysterika or Latin hystericus, meaning uterus or “of the womb”, and thus the diagnosis... Continue Reading →

Medicine & Disease – a peek at the Poster

Image: A photo of a 1918 poster issued by Alberta's Provincial Board of Health alerting the public to the 1918 influenza epidemic.Image credit: Alberta Board of Health, Wikimedia Commons When learning about Inchkeith Island and St Kilda, I was reintroduced to a previous fascination of mine – looking at old disease and medical posters.  I... Continue Reading →

The World Ends on St Kilda

During university, I did a module on Children’s literature. One of the books we studied was that of Geraldine McCaughrean’s Where the World Ends. Image: Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughreanPhoto credit: Lucy Glenny McCaughrean’s story follows a group of men and boys from Hirta, on the isolated Scottish archipelago of St Kilda in... Continue Reading →

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