In this episode we explore the history of gastroenterology, from Ancient Greek theories on the importance of evacuating the bowels to cure illness to the alarming uses of pork and garlic in the treatment of intestinal worms.

Then we talk to Dr Shahida Din and Dr Alan Shand – specialists currently working in the field of gastroenterology.

And we end with our usual case study, which today is looking at Dr George Cheyne - a popular 18th century Scottish physician who wrote on the subject of dieting whilst struggling with his own weight.