In this fortnight’s episode we uncover the history of geriatric medicine, including the use of workhouses and asylums to house the elderly. We also explore medical theories on old age – from the 1600s to the present day, via the discovery of Parkinson’s Disease and an allegedly 169 year old man.

We also talk to Dr Martin Wilson about his experiences working as a consultant geriatrician in the 21st century.

And, to finish off, our case study today is a present rather than a historical one – as Martin tells us about some of the fascinating patients he has met during his work.

A full transcript of this podcast episode can be downloaded here.