Scottish medical history display debuts in Edinburgh

A new exhibit at the library of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh features 400 years or more of medical artifacts and books, some being publicly exhibited for the first time.

The exhibit includes the first detailed written description of the human circulatory system as well as the book that provided the foundation for applying evidentiary and scientific methods to medical diagnosis and treatment.

Among the unique articles on display are "the medicine chest used to treat Bonnie Prince Charlie (as owned by his personal physician Sir Stuart Thriepland) and the 16th Century Ripley Scroll which provided the basis for the popular modern children's book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone."

The library, which was the first medical library in Scotland, was founded in 1682.