Royal Edinburgh Hospital's Latest Lecture in Bicentenary Series

The Royal Edinburgh Hospital will today host the sixth of eight lectures especially commissioned to mark the hospital’s bicentenary.

The talk, entitled ‘From electric shocks to virtual reality: the treatment of soldiers after battle’ will discuss the history of psychological treatment for soldiers to veterans from the early 20th century to present day.

The lecture given by consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Professor Chris Freeman, will highlight services provided at Craiglockhart by WHR Rivers and his colleagues during the first world war and also subsequent developments in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

There will also be a discussion on more recent changes, including the re-establishment of military psychiatric wards in NHS hospitals throughout the UK.

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.

Further information on the lecture series and leaflet, which can be downloaded, are available via the NHS Lothian website at:

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 or on 0131 650 3392.