Wednesday, 14 October, 2015 - 16:30 to 17:30

The nerves have been the principal focus of ‘fashionable disease’ studies, but the stomach arguably has an equal claim for consideration. The stomach and bowels were not only implicated in a wide range of digestive diseases, but also in almost all à la mode conditions, from nervousness to the ‘flying gout’. This was due both to the connotations of over-eating with wealth, and because of the assumed link between the digestive system and the mind. This talk examines the development of thinking on the mind-stomach nexus, and how such thinking was incorporated into critiques of modern Britain.

Speaker: Dr James Kennaway

Refreshments at 4pm, seminar starts at 4.30pm.

This is an Edinburgh History of Medicine Group event, a collaboration between the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh.