In this episode we uncover the history of oncology, or the study and treatment of cancer. From Ancient Egyptian recordings on papyrus to chimney sweeps in the 1700s and the great advances in treatment produced by Marie and Pierre Curie’s research.

We also talk to Dr Caroline Michie about what it is like to work as an oncologist today.

And we finish with a case study of Napoleon Bonaparte, uncovering his final days in exile on Saint Helena and the contents of his post mortem certificate.

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