Surgeons Halls #Museum – Part 1

Hello and welcome back to another Future Doc
House production We are currently hear on tour with Qupi We are at the Surgeon’s Hall
Museum, Lets go inside and talk to Chris Henry the director of heritage and find out what
makes this museum so interesting. How are you doing Chris
I am very well thank you I am Future Doc House I am Jason Alright so
Chris who do we have here Well this is just one of our demonstration
skeleton that we use for education purposes in this very room to teach young children
anatomy and parts and what the different parts of the body are so this is just a model we
use to do that And what are the children’s favorite question
they ask about this I mean its very difficult to say they are
all sorts of questions about what is inside me and the how does this work and it all depends
on the age range really because obviously the older they get the more sophisticated
the question becomes and people I think there is kind of a natural obsession with the human
body so am any kind of question you can think of really
Ok wonderful Well as a medical student we have to learn
how to tell if the if the patient skeleton is male or female so how would you know if
this one is a male or a female Well You don’t really you have to tell me
Ha Ha Ha If you look in the pubic area and if it was
more V shaped it would be a male if it is more U shaped it would be a female
And I see that it says The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh what is all that about
Well The Royal College of Surgeons is one of the oldest medical institutions in Western
Europe starting as the incorporation Barber Surgeons 1505 and ratified by King James the
IV in 1506 so it is an institutions that sort of grown organically over five hundred years
to become kind of standardized organization for surgery as well as carrying out exams
and all that sort of things and underneath that umbrella of organization sits what’s
called Surgeon’s Hall Museum which is what my work for is the director of heritage which
is the library archives and museums that you see outside of these walls and all the collections
that there contained in. So it is a very very old organization associated
with medical training and practice Ok yeah because we are actually here visiting
the Fresher’s Fair the medical Fresher’s fair hosted by the Royal Medical Society so
is there a connection between Edinburgh University There is but in fact Unfortunately Edinburgh
University came after Fair enough
In terms of Medical School the Medical School is an 18th century production if you would
like where as the Barber’s institution is much older than that what we find is that
there are lots of individuals certainly in the 18th century who were both instigators
of the medical school like Monroe primus one of the first professors there and who were
also members of the college here Oh wow so there was the College started first
in the fifteen hundreds then the university came in around the 18th century
As a medical school yeah As a medical school Do medical students do come here? Yeah they do yeah not so much there use to
be that you ought to know the pathology museum here people took their exams there often see
people coming in and sort of pale I did my anatomy exam here a while ago but these days
we still occasionally are asked for provide specimens to demonstrate a particular item
around from those days but loads of medical students just to when they are in their first
week in I think there is that sense when I am in Edinburgh I want to learn something
about Medical History where do you go you come here because it is very representative
of the if you like medical diaspora that was created from the eighteenth century and on
words and its only for which Edinburgh is still famous today people go everywhere form
here having learned you know been to medical school and have gone to specialize but they
still see this as the this initially started Alright so as the director of heritage how
did you come into this position It’s quite a long story I like you I have
an interest in military history trying to be a weapons curator for the tower of London
so that’s what I started and I did all sorts of things but I become the artillery curator
for the royal army and I ended up being the director of those museums and I saw this opportunity
and thought this is quite interesting and deviation way from what I do and this is as
a director or curator you have to know a lot about different things I had to do exhibition
and different things and look after objects and collections and how to interest people
coming in so I’m not medical but you need somebody that kind of has all of those skills
to look after a place like this and engage people but also make sure the objects are
cared for the next you know two hundred two hundred fifty years so that’s how I got into
it and I think people have different ways of getting into it we’ve had surgeon’s and
doctors who’ve taken over this role curator and we still have people who come in and volunteer
with this who are all medically trained so there is a big mix of folks
Even me I studied medicine but I am very interested in bayonets this period of history where it
was it was less less swords more rifles and still they did not have enough bullets or
gunpowder so you still had to go back to the old way of fighting so yeah yeah I can definitely
appreciate that well if you go to the museum you can see what
the actual results of that I studied it so one of the famous questions
is twenty one year old got into a bar fight and a knife wound here or here or here or
here which organs did it penetrate or which nerve would be affected because there are
certain nerves that would be connected to that region of the body so those are very
famous questions that we have to learn and understand because I believe that in the A
and E or the ER we would be seeing these types of traumatic trauma wounds that becoming from
a fight accidents even well yeah I mean a weapons wound doesn’t matter
how it ensues or in what context A wound is a wound whether its a bullet or
a knife alright well Chris thank you for your time
Alright thank you lots Thank you A Future Doc House Production Sponsored by QUPI … Practice Your Medical knowledge

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