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A History of Scottish Medicine

Themes and Influences

Helen Dingwall


Great names, research and innovations, celebrated centres of medical training - Scotland has always been associated with medicine.

In this exciting book, Helen Dingwall introduces the history of Scottish medicine from earliest times to the present day. Offering a new synthesis of medicine and society in Scotland, she covers developments in medicine, surgery and alternative medicine in relation to the changing economic, social, political and religious background; discusses concepts of professionalism and institutionalisation; and assesses medical practitioners and patients in the general historical context.

This is the first comprehensive study of Scottish medicine to be written by a historian for over twenty years. Its breadth of coverage - given both the time span and the range of background factors considered - makes A History of Scottish Medicine invaluable reading for all those with an interest in this fascinating subject.


Part One: A Nation in the Making: Medicine in Scotland from Earliest Times to c.1500
1. Scotland and Scots before Scotland
2. Scottish Medicine in pre-Scotland Times
3. Medicine in Medieval Scotland
Part Two: A Nation Ascendant? Medicine in Scotland from c.1300-c.1800
4. Scotland and Scots in Scotland
5. Medicine in Early Modern Scotland
6. Medicine in Enlightenment Scotland
Part Three: A Nation Eclipsed? Medicine in Scotland from c.1800-2000
7. Scotland and Scots Beyond Scotland
8. Public Medicine in Public Scotland
9. Modern Medicine in Modern Scotland
Further Reading
Select Bibliography

About the Author

Helen Dingwall is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Stirling.


A bold venture … The scope of the book is impressive - exploring medicine from the Dark Ages to the present day … A lively introduction to Scotland's medical history in its context.