Speaker: Dr Patricia Whatley, University of Dundee

In 1845 the new Scottish Poor Law established a funded medical service for the registered poor. By 1852 the Physicians’ Enquiry concluded that medical provision in the Highlands of Scotland was still seriously inadequate. In this presentation Dr Patricia Whatley discusses the changing issues relating to the work of the general practitioner in the second half of the nineteenth century in the remote and isolated regions of the Highlands, culminating in 1913 in the establishment of the Highlands and Islands Medical Service.

Our new resource Remote & Rural Remedies contains digitised and transcribed surveys from the 1850s as well as school activities, blogs and videos. You can find it here: https://www.rcpe.ac.uk/remoteandruralremedies/