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Digitised Collections

There are a number of collections which have been digitised and made available online for researchers by Scotland and Medicine partners. 

The Passing Hour - the magazine of Stirling District Asylum

The Passing Hour is the magazine which was produced by the Stirling District Asylum and sent out to subscribers from 1901 as a way of sharing what life was like at the Asylum. The run is incomplete from 1901-1908 but contains all issues from 1909-1917.

The magazine of the Stirling Royal Infirmary Nurses' League

The Nurses’ League at SRI was established in 1947 ‘to form a bond of fellowship between all Nurses who have trained or held appointments at the Infirmary’ and all members were encouraged to contribute to its annual magazine. These magazines are held within the NHS Forth Valley Archive based at the University of Stirling. The archive holds an incomplete run from 1948-1980.

Annual reports of the Medical Officer of Health of the City of Edinburgh  

Lothian Health Services Archive (LHSA) These reports, compiled by the city's Medical Officer of Health, are statistical and descriptive snapshots into the annual health of Edinburgh. Please note that the documents may feature derogatory terminologies and attitudes reflecting the time of their creation. Such descriptions are no longer acceptable and will be upsetting to some researchers.   

Bio-engineering in Edinburgh

An interactive resource produced by Lothian Health Services Archive (LHSA) on the history of bio-engineering in Edinburgh, including wartime beginnings, developments at Princess Margaret Rose Orthopaedic Hospital, and learn about and listen to David Gow, inventor of the world's first 'bionic arm'.  


William Cullen Papers

A collection of eighteenth-century medical consultation letters belonging to Dr William Cullen. The archive contains several thousand letters. The Cullen Project is a collaboration between the Medical Humanities Research Centre, School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow, and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE).   


Please note many of these collections are only partially digitised, therefore more can be found by contacting the organisation to go and view at their reading room. 

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