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Five Centuries of Post-Mortem Examinations at the University of Edinburgh

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

This session will explore the ways in which post-mortem examination of human cadavers has helped in establishing the cause of death, and the manner of death, from the founding of the University of Edinburgh in 1582 to the present day. 

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No prior knowledge is required – just an interest in the history of post-mortems. Some slides and descriptions may be unsuitable for under-16s or those of a sensitive disposition.

Content of Course

This lecture-style mini course will focus on the importance of post-mortem examinations, and the role they have played throughout history in helping establish the cause and manner of death.

Teaching method(s)

This is a lecture-based course.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course students will be able to put post-mortem examinations into context, throughout the period studied, and in the present day. 


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

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