'Bodysnatchers to lifesavers'

Audio recording of event on 24 March 2011

Book cover

Tara Womersley and Dorothy Crawford discussed the evolution of medical practice in Edinburgh through the ages.

Their book. 'Bodysnatchers to lifesavers', ranges from the dark practices of the 19th century to the astounding medical advances of the 21st century.

It includes fascinating illustrations of surgery and treatments across the years in all their gruesome detail, a host of famous (and infamous) alumni, and the best and worst in medical practice.

Introducing the talk was Dr Anette Hagan, a Rare Books Curator at the National Library of Scotland.

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