Halfway mark for Royal Edinburgh Hospital lecture series

The fourth lecture in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital bicentenary series of eight lectures, ‘The female malady? The troubled relationship between psychiatry and gender’ is set to take place on Wednesday 13 February 2013.

Gayle Davis, Wellcome Lecturer in the History of Medicine, University of Edinburgh will explore the relationship between psychiatry and gender over the 19th and 20th centuries using the Royal Edinburgh Hospital as a case study.

In celebration of its bicentenary this year, the Royal Edinburgh Hospital has commissioned an eight-part lecture series highlighting 200 years of pioneering mental health care provision across Lothian.  The series began in October and runs until June 2013.

Tim Montgomery, Director of Operations, Royal Edinburgh Hospital and Associated Services (REAS), NHS Lothian, said:  “The lecture series is proving to be really popular with all the lectures being well attended so far. This is a very exciting year for the hospital and we have a number of events planned throughout the year to celebrate this significant milestone in the history of the hospital.”

Dr Gayle Davis, Wellcome Lecturer in the History of Medicine, University of Edinburgh, said: "When we look at the history of mental illness, certain diseases have been strongly associated with men such as shell shock or with women such as hysteria. I want to explore where these ideas came from, and the allegation by some scholars that madness itself is 'the female malady'."

The series is supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Scottish Government and the lectures cover a wide variety of the rich and diverse history of the hospital from the early 19th century to the present day.

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance by contacting 0131 537 6399, apart from lectures 4 and 5 which are available on a first come first served basis. 

Further information on the lecture series and leaflet, which can be downloaded, are available via the NHS Lothian website at: www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/GoingToHospital/Locations/REH/Bicentenary

To coincide with the lecture series, Lothian Health Services Archive (LHSA) has launched its Royal Edinburgh Hospital Archive Appeal.  The LHSA is looking for donations of photographs, letters, books or objects dating from the 18th century to now, to supplement and complement NHS Lothian’s existing, rich archive. The LHSA can be contacted at lhsa@ed.ac.uk or on 0131 650 3392.