Scott and Stevenson Dissect the Doctors

Caroline McCracken-Flesher is to explore the dark side of Edinburgh’s scientific history in a public lecture.

Robert Louis Stevenson

“Scott and Stevenson Dissect the Doctors” will take place at 6pm on Thursday 16 October in Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 5.

Professor McCracken-Flesher will look at the relationship between nineteenth century medical practices and Gothic stories.

The lecture will explore Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson’s literary responses to the Burke and Hare murders scandal of 1828.

It promises to be a gruesome talk accompanied by some suitably macabre illustrations.


This event is free and there is no need to book. Just turn up on the door.

Prof Caroline McCracken-Flesher

Caroline McCracken-Flesher is Professor of English at the University of Wyoming.

She was educated at Edinburgh, Oxford, and Brown Universities and is an international authority on Scottish Literature.

She has published widely on nineteenth-century writers such as James Hogg, Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Her current work tracks the Burke and Hare scandal as it resonates through Scottish culture.

Event details

Scott and Stevenson Dissect the Doctors

Thursday 16 October 2008, 5.00pm

Thursday 16 October 2008, 6.30pm

Lecture Theatre 5, Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9LE

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Further information

This lecture is hosted by the Centre for Scottish Writing in the Nineteenth Century in association with the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the City of Literature.

For more information on this event, including any accessibility enquiries, please contact Dr Penny Fielding.

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