What you'll do
Did you know that the University of Edinburgh's Medical School was one of the best in the world for nearly two centuries? But every story has two sides. We will first learn about the prolific medical advancements made within Edinburgh, then we'll explore the sinister side of 19th century medical research. We'll hear about the Scottish surgeons who could amputate a leg in under 30 seconds, and the discovery of chloroform as a general anaesthetic! By weaving our way through Edinburgh's less-travelled streets, we'll discover old teaching hospitals and learn about the growing criminal underworld that fuelled Edinburgh's medical reputation, including the infamous "bodysnatchers," Burke and Hare. At Greyfriar's Cemetery, we'll even see evidence of the mortsafes designed to deter criminals from stealing corpses. Our last stop will be at Edinburgh's Old Medical School, where we will discuss Edinburgh's modern contributions to medicine, including the Polish Medical School which taught 400+ students fleeing Nazi persecution in the Second World War. A marvellous mixture of murder, medicine and history.
Having gained a PhD in history from the University of Edinburgh in 2016, I absolutely adore history! I can't seem to get enough of it. I'm also a professional tour guide and published author, I've taught at two universities, and I love travelling, food and meeting new people. I've lived in Edinburgh for 8 years and if you don't catch me reading, then I'm usually down at the pub with whisky and, yes, haggis. Oh aye.
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Where you'll be
We'll do a loop around Edinburgh's Old Town by starting at the University of Edinburgh's Old College and finishing at the University of Edinburgh's Old Medical School. (Both are less than a 5 minute walk south from the Royal Mile).
Keep these in mind
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Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.
We will be outdoors for the entire experience, so please wear good shoes and be prepared for the rainy Scottish weather. If you'd like this tour at a different time, please send me a message!
Murderous Medicine: A History Tour
$26 per person
$26 per person