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 →

A Lister Surgical Instruments

('A list' of, geddit?!) As part of my University degree, I studied Early Modern History, and one specific topic was medicine and beliefs around that period, sparking more interest in a subject I was already fascinated by. Being born in Edinburgh, and resident here for the last 16 years, has made me notice more regarding... Continue Reading →

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