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The medical science of the modern world owes a great deal to the achievements of Scottish doctors. From pioneering work on diseases like malaria and tuberculosis; to the development of wonder drugs like penicillin; to revolutionary breakthroughs in pregnancy, cloning and stem cell research, their influence is everywhere.

This programme looks at the most significant of these developments over the course of the last three centuries, charting the influence doctors like Alexander Fleming, James Young Simpson, Ronald Ross, and Ian Donald have had on the health of the world, and asking why Scotland has developed such a rich and fascinating medical history. Contributors include Professor Tom Devine.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 2 Mar 2013 20:30
BBC Two Scotland


Role Contributor
Executive ProducerElspeth O'Hare
ProducerGraeme Hart
DirectorDominic Gallagher
ProducerDominic Gallagher