Edinburgh has a long and sometimes gory history of medicine and public health. From pioneers, such as James Young Simpson, who discovered the use of chloroform as an anaesthetic, to the body snatchers, Burke and Hare, Edinburgh has been renowned for its association with medicine and health.

In the 1960s, Professor Desmond Julian established Europe’s first coronary care unit at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, and led the way for modern cardiovascular care. Edinburgh has helped the world discover a cure for tuberculosis, invented saline drips, introduced general anaesthetics, produced the world’s first commercially available bionic hand and was the home to the co-inventor of the HPV vaccine.

Nowadays, the four universities in Edinburgh are leaders in international health research, and major advances in medicine and healthcare have been made in the city.


Conferences coming up within the healthcare sector to Edinburgh