Monthly Archives: April 2016

‘Kissing babies’

The first blog by ‘Ruth Kowslowski’, Chapter 6 in The Embalmer’s Book of Recipes A broadsheet photograph, front page, shows the politician, jowly, slightly sweaty,  holding up the baby. We cannot tell the sex of the child because only its … Continue reading

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Introduction to ‘Tell them our stories’, the Surgeons’ Hall Museum file

  From 2010-2011 I was a ‘Bright Ideas’ Visiting Fellow at the European Genomics Forum (EGF), University of Edinburgh. My aim was to explore and write factual or fictional accounts of some of the people whose tissues and organs came … Continue reading

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The Curator’s musings

ANDREW CONNELL,Collections Manager at the Surgeons’ Hall Museum in 2011, talks about the Collection’s modern function.   “It’s like inviting people in and showing them round your house and what’s on your shelves – there are different hands exploring the … Continue reading

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‘George’ and the cleft-palate baby

Specimen GC12334 Maxilla, anterior segment of the coronal section of the head, injected, showing ulceration of the face resulting from a carcinoma of the air-sinus of the left. … Microscopically, re-examination confirms the presence of a tumour growth which is … Continue reading

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Stories of dwarves

  LISA’S STORY Sometimes subjects cycled in and out of one’s life, entering without warning and remaining for a day or more, and then exiting again as though erased. This weekend dwarves and babies had pushed their way in, small … Continue reading

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‘The Man with Three Legs’: Diana Hendry

From the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of St. Andrews ‘In the autumn of 1948 a message was received from a rural practioner stating that in the course of a vist he had discovered a man who, from the cursory … Continue reading

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The tale of Andrew Kerr

Andrew leant on the cairn and and stared out at the view. From the top of Law Hill it is possible to see the River Tay where it broadens out by the McInnes Banks; the town of Dundee is just … Continue reading

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