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Scotland and Medicine

The University of Edinburgh is a partner in the Scotland and Medicine collaboration led by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

The University of Edinburgh is a partner in the Scotland and Medicine collaboration led by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The project is promoting medical collections and health collections in Scottish Museums to local, national and international audiences. The partnership is delivering a range of initiatives to make better use of medical/health collections and to build a Scotland and Medicine network.

Medical Objects in the School of Chemistry Collection

Instruments

  • Nachet & Fils, Three-way Demonstration Microscope, Brass (on loan to the National Museums of Scotland)
  • J Brunner, Pocket Microscope (on loan to the National Museums of Scotland )

Forensic Medicine

The School of Chemistry Collection contains a sample of arsenic from the internationally famous trial of Madeleine Smith in 1897. The story continues to inspire research and the creative arts and is the subject of a David Lean film (Madeleine, 1949) and even a musical.

Some links describing the case:

Professors of Chemistry and Medicine

You can read more about the development of chemistry and medicine at Edinburgh in our detailed histories of the first professors of the school: