A History of Medicine in Scotland

336pp 2005 OUT OF PRINT (P) N100



Scotland's unique contribution to the advancement of medical science and practice has been widely recognised, from the folk healers of the Dark Ages to the advent of more scientific methods and the achievements of figures like Joseph Lister, David Livingstone and James Young Simpson, who transformed health care worldwide. Originally published in 1981, when it was hailed as 'the standard short work on Scottish medical history', this updated edition provides a fascinating alternative history of Scotland. Hamilton takes us through leprosy and plagues, cholera and typhoid, anatomy and bodysnatching, and the swashbuckling surgery before anaesthesia, which had to be performed in minutes to save the patient's suffering.