Friday, 19 October, 2018 - 17:00

Join us at the cutting-edge of history of medicine research where new ideas and discoveries collide with traditional thought and theory. At this event you’ll get the opportunity to hear our...

Thursday, 27 September, 2018 - 18:00

Speaker: Sophie Goggins, Curator of Biomedical Science, National Museum of Scotland

Edinburgh has a strong history in prosthetics research and development. Over the past 40 years, National...

Thursday, 12 April, 2018 - 18:30

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and discover how medicine has adapted over the centuries to cope with the increasingly sophisticated weaponry of...

Thursday, 5 April, 2018 - 18:30

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and discover how medicine has adapted over the centuries to cope with the increasingly sophisticated weaponry of...

Tuesday, 3 April, 2018 - 18:30

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and discover how medicine has adapted over the centuries to cope with the increasingly sophisticated weaponry of...

Wednesday, 28 March, 2018 - 16:30


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Thursday, 15 February, 2018 - 19:30


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Monday, 29 January, 2018 - 13:30


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Wednesday, 24 January, 2018 - 16:30

Speaker: Janet Philp (University of Edinburgh)

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Wednesday, 10 January, 2018 - 16:30

Speaker: Dr Lauren Summersgill (Birkbeck, University of London)

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Monday, 11 December, 2017 - 19:00

We all have a soundtrack to our lives, songs and music that take us back to a different time, person or place whenever we hear them.

Sally Magnusson founded the charity Playlist for...

Wednesday, 8 November, 2017 - 16:30

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

“They’re coming to get you, Barbara”

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Wednesday, 18 October, 2017 - 16:30

** This event is now sold out**

Speaker: Dr Gavin Hardy (University of Edinburgh)

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Saturday, 23 September, 2017 - 10:00
Wednesday, 20 September, 2017 - 19:15

** 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

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

Visit a spectacular building and discover how diseases...

Thursday, 10 August, 2017 - 11:00

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

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

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


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Saturday, 8 April, 2017 - 14:30

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

Thursday, 6 April, 2017 - 18:30

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

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

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

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


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Wednesday, 25 January, 2017 - 16:30

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


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Wednesday, 7 December, 2016 - 16:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Note: this event is now sold out.

Booking are still available for the...

Wednesday, 30 March, 2016 - 16:30 to 17:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...