Scotland and Medicine in Print - Five Centuries of Medical Print in Scotland

Image of several pages from different books contained within the exhibition Scotland & Medicine: Collections & Connections is a national initiative to promote the medical collections and connections of Scotland’s museums, libraries, archives to local, national and international audiences.

The Scotland and Medicine in Print online exhibition is part of the larger national programme, led by the National Library of Scotland, Scottish Printing Archival Trust and the Scottish Print Employers Federation, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the printed word in Scotland.

In September 1507 King James IV granted a patent to Androw Myllar and Walter Chepman authorising them to set up a printing press in Edinburgh. The earliest known dated output from their press, ‘The Complaint of the Black Knight’, is dated 4th April 1508.

Scotland and Medicine in Print shows examples of the printing and publishing of medical and health related works in Scotland over the past 500 years. The content of this exhibition will continue to grow, further illustrating Scotland’s rich heritage in the development of medical printing.

Written on the Body
An exhibition examining five centuries of medical print in Scotland, with a particular focus on the rise of Scottish medical publishing in the 18th century.
Surgeons Hall Museums, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW
August-January 2009.
Admission: £5/£3 (conc)
Medical Impressions – The History of Printing in Medical Education in Scotland.
As part of the celebrations to mark 500 Years of Printing in Scotland, the Tayside Medical History Museum presents an exhibition exploring the role of printing in medical education. Much of the material on display dates from the time of the Conjoint Medical School between Dundee and St Andrews (1897-1967).
Tayside Medical History Museum, Medical School Foyer, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, DD1 9SY
28 March - 4 October 2008
Admission: Free
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This site is supported through the Regional Development Challenge Fund, funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Museums Galleries Scotland.

For details of other Scotland & Medicine partner exhibitions, please go to the links page.