Wednesday, 2 December, 2015 - 16:30 to 17:30

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 population in the post-Famine years. In particular, it examines the question of whether the exceptionally high levels of mental ill-health, as well as raised levels of cardiovascular disease in particular, are linked to the nutritional deprivation of the Famine years. This has a particular importance in terms of answering key questions in Irish medical history, and helping to explain specific health profiles amongst the population at home, and as migrants in other countries.

Speaker: Prof Oonagh Walsh (Glasgow Caledonian University)

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.