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Bodysnatchers to Lifesavers: Three Centuries of Medicine in Edinburgh

Bodysnatchers to Lifesavers

Three Centuries of Medicine in Edinburgh

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This book provides an illustrated history of medicine in Edinburgh in an accessible style for the general reader. Centered on the 280 year history of Edinburgh Medical School, the book showcases famous Edinburgh medical alumni through the ages including Robert Knox and others like Charles Darwin and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who studied medicine in Edinburgh but went on to make their names in other fields. The book follows the evolution of medical practice through the ages, from the dark practices of the 19th century to Dolly, the first cloned sheep in the 21st century. It highlights the key advances made by Edinburgh medics in public health, anesthesia, surgery, antiseptics and antibiotics. Edinburgh Medical School was the first to admit women, and we follow their struggles, headed by the formidable Sophia Jex-Blake.
Title Bodysnatchers to Lifesavers
Subtitle Three Centuries of Medicine in Edinburgh
Author Tara Womersley, Dorothy H Crawford
ISBN 9781906817589
Binding Hardback
Author Bio TARA WOMERSLEY works on press and public relations for the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. She started her career in journalism and has worked for newspapers including The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times and is a former health correspondent for The Scotsman. She was also involved in coordinating the media launch of the Make Poverty History campaign in Australia, while also working in media relations for an overseas aid agency. DOROTHY CRAWFORD qualified in medicine from St Thomas's Hospital, London and gained a PhD from Bristol University. She was appointed to the Robert Irvine Chair of Medical Microbiology at the University of Edinburgh in 1997 and was made Assistant Principal for Public Understanding of Medicine in 2007. She has published around 200 research papers on this subject and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2001 and awarded an OBE for services to medicine and higher education in 2005. She is the author of The Invisible Enemy: A Natural History of Viruses, ISBN 9780198564812 and Deadly Companions: How microbes shaped our history, ISBN 9780199561445
Back Cover Text

From dissecting bodies ‘donated’ by murderers to developing lifesaving treatments, the Edinburgh medical community has always been innovative and challenged entrenched medical ideas. This has ranged from setting up an inspirational public health system to discovering chloroform as an anaesthetic, which was fiercely opposed as pain relief for women during labour.

Bodysnatchers to Lifesavers gives a fascinating insight into the development of modern medicine and the leading role that Edinburgh played on the medical stage.

The tale of Edinburgh’s medical past is told through the stories of colourful characters including the bodysnatchers Burke and Hare, the evolutionist Charles Darwin, surgeons Joseph Lister and James Syme as well as Sophia Jex-Blake, who headed the campaign for women’s right to study medicine, and ‘James Barry’, Britain’s first female doctor.

Reviews A fascinating study of how science progresses, and why it sometimes does so at a seemingly slow rate. SCOTTISH REVIEW OF BOOKS
BIC Subject History of medicine
BISAC Subject MEDICAL / History
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