In this episode we look into the past and present of haematology. Discover what it meant to be sanguinous, why early blood transfusions were prohibited by Parliament and how WW2 transformed the infrastructure of blood donation in the UK.

We talk to Professor Marie Copeland about her experience working as a specialist in leukaemia at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre. We discuss the differences between a haematologist and haematopathologist, why iron is important for blood and how the management of some blood related conditions has changed.

Lastly, we explore the complicated history of haemophilia in the Royal family and why it became known as the ‘Royal disease’.