Wednesday, 8 November, 2017 - 16:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Speaker: Professor Helen King (Open University)

Modern medical imaging represents the cutting-edge of displaying the hidden world within our bodies with resolutions never before seen,...

Tuesday, 31 October, 2017 - 19:00
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

“They’re coming to get you, Barbara”

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Wednesday, 18 October, 2017 - 16:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

** This event is now sold out**

Speaker: Dr Gavin Hardy (University of Edinburgh)

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Saturday, 23 September, 2017 - 10:00
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Wednesday, 20 September, 2017 - 19:15
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

** This event is now sold out**

Speaker: Professor Andrew Lees

The author of 'Naked Lunch' and 'Junkie', William Burroughs might not seem like the...

Saturday, 12 August, 2017 - 11:00
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Visit a spectacular building and discover how diseases and treatments fell in and out of favour in Edinburgh and beyond. Learn how the breaking of taboos over things like heavy drinking,...

Friday, 11 August, 2017 - 11:00
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Visit a spectacular building and discover how diseases...

Thursday, 10 August, 2017 - 11:00
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Visit a spectacular building and discover how diseases and treatments fell in and out of favour in Edinburgh and beyond. Learn how the breaking of taboos over things like heavy drinking,...

Wednesday, 9 August, 2017 - 11:00
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Visit a spectacular building and discover how diseases and treatments fell in and out of favour in Edinburgh and beyond. Learn how the breaking of taboos over things like heavy drinking,...

Tuesday, 8 August, 2017 - 11:00
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Visit a spectacular building and discover how diseases and treatments fell in and out of favour in Edinburgh and beyond. Learn how the breaking of taboos over things like heavy drinking,...

Wednesday, 7 June, 2017 - 18:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh


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Saturday, 8 April, 2017 - 14:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal College of...

Thursday, 6 April, 2017 - 18:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and discover how fashionable behaviour and the breaking of taboos over things like heavy drinking, overeating and...

Wednesday, 8 March, 2017 - 16:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Speaker: Dr Anna Maerker (King’s College London)

Since the early modern period, artists and anatomists have worked towards perfection; the perfection of anatomical models...

Thursday, 16 February, 2017 - 19:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Speakers: Professor Peter Sandercock and Iain Milne

What exactly is the placebo effect? How does it work? How do doctors decide whether a treatment is actually effective?...

Wednesday, 15 February, 2017 - 16:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Speaker: Dr Richard Barnett (Independent Scholar)

Between the French Revolution and WWI, Europe and America witnessed a golden age of medical image-making. The first...

Monday, 6 February, 2017 - 13:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh


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Wednesday, 25 January, 2017 - 16:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Speakers: Professor Steve Sturdy and Dr Farah Huzair (University of Edinburgh)  


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Wednesday, 7 December, 2016 - 16:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Speaker: Professor Martin Willis (Cardiff University)  

This talk will focus on an under-represented area of medical history: the depiction of places of...

Wednesday, 23 November, 2016 - 18:00
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

In this event you'll get the chance to hear three speakers, all specialists in their fields, discussing different aspects of the history and current practice of palliative medicine.

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Saturday, 12 November, 2016 - 09:30
The Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal Botanic Garden

This event is a collaboration between the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Royal Botanic Garden.

The day begins with a tour of ...

Wednesday, 12 October, 2016 - 16:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Speaker: Dr Sarah Hodges (University of Warwick)

Over the course of the twentieth century, medicine cleaned up. Since Joseph Lister's discoveries of the positive results of...

Wednesday, 5 October, 2016 - 18:00
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Discover the links between art, aesthetics and medicine in this fascinating history of medicine event.

Find out how art was incorporated into the treatment of 19th...

Saturday, 13 August, 2016 - 11:00
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

This ran from the 9th to the 13th of August.

Come to the College’s spectacular hall to be shocked by quackery and fake medicine in our seventh Fringe event. Hear about the...

Wednesday, 13 April, 2016 - 16:30 to 17:30
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicolson Street

Many exotic plant materials would become household words for the well-to-do during the decades around 1700. A language of curiosity, innovation and invention surrounded attempts to understand,...

Thursday, 7 April, 2016 - 18:30 to 19:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Discover Edinburgh’s history of quackery and fake medicine in this fascinating event. In a behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh you will get the chance to see...

Saturday, 2 April, 2016 - 14:30 to 15:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Note: this event is now sold out.

Booking are still available for the...

Wednesday, 30 March, 2016 - 16:30 to 17:30
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicolson Street

After WWII, British doctors and politicians thought that they could import the perfect solution for dental illness: drinking water fluoridation. But the campaigns they faced brought together the...

Wednesday, 2 March, 2016 - 16:30 to 17:30
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicolson Street

This talk will explore the various stages of the Battle of Waterloo (1815), highlighting particular medical issues of the campaign. The Army Medical Department was ill-prepared. Over the long...

Wednesday, 17 February, 2016 - 16:30 to 17:30
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicolson Street

Lisa Smith researches gender, health and the household in early modern England and France. In this talk, she discusses the tumultuous relationships of the Newdigates and attempts to piece together...

Wednesday, 27 January, 2016 - 16:30 to 17:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Queen Street

In the 19th century, hysterical symptoms such as paralysis and seizures became well known both to medical and non-medical audiences through the work of Charcot, Freud and Janet. There...

Wednesday, 2 December, 2015 - 16:30 to 17:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Queen Street

This paper explores the possible link between the physical and psychological stresses of the Great Famine, and the chronic health conditions experienced by a substantial proportion of the Irish...

Wednesday, 21 October, 2015 - 16:30 to 18:15
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicolson Street

An event organised in collaboration between the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh

How did the...

Wednesday, 14 October, 2015 - 16:30 to 17:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Queen Street

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...

Tuesday, 18 August, 2015 - 11:00 to Saturday, 22 August, 2015 - 11:00
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Queen Street

Sibbald Library productions return to the spectacular Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh's Great Hall with a new show linking botany and medicine in Edinburgh. We dip into the College’s...

Monday, 11 May, 2015 - 14:00 to 17:00
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow invite you to 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh on Monday 11th May 2015 for an afternoon of 18th Century insights to celebrate...

Wednesday, 1 April, 2015 - 16:30 to 17:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Dr Ian Burney, University of Manchester

This talk uses the notorious case of the serial murderer John Christie (1953) to explore the contours of English homicide...

Wednesday, 11 March, 2015 - 16:30 to 17:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Dr Sam Alberti , Royal College of Surgeons of England

Anatomy and surgery have strong extra-textual elements. The development and transmission of these crafts rely heavily...

Wednesday, 25 February, 2015 - 16:30 to 17:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Dr Alex Mold, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The place of the public within public health is a critical issue for contemporary public health inBritain....

Wednesday, 28 January, 2015 - 16:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Prof Vivian Nutton, University College London

The De humani corporis fabrica of Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564) is the most famous of all books on anatomy. Its...

Wednesday, 14 January, 2015 - 16:30 to 17:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Mr Tom Scotland, University of Aberdeen; NHS Grampian

In 1914, abdominal wounds were managed expectantly, without surgical intervention, and the majority of patients died....

Wednesday, 26 November, 2014 - 16:30 to 17:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Dr Catherine Cox, University College Dublin and Professor Hilary Marland, University of Warwick

With University of Edinburgh Irish History seminar series...

Wednesday, 29 October, 2014 - 16:30 to 17:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Dr Ruth Richardson, King’s College London ; University of Cambridge

The modern discipline of ethics in medicine and surgery is generally regarded as having postdated the...

Wednesday, 1 October, 2014 - 16:30 to 17:30
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Professor Samuel Cohn, University Of Glasgow

This talk will explore popular reactions to the ‘great influenza’ of 1918-20, primarily in relation to other epidemics of the...