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TITLE
The Evidence of Mr Graham, Isle of Rona, 18 October 1912
EXTERNAL ID
HLH_DEWAR100_014
PLACENAME
Isle of Rona
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Portree
DATE OF IMAGE
18 October 1912
PERIOD
1910s
SOURCE
Highland Archive Centre
ASSET ID
1614
KEYWORDS
Highlands and Islands Medical Services Committee
Dewar Report
Dewar Committee
Dewar Centenary
The Evidence of Mr Graham, Isle of Rona, 18 October 1912

Self-doctoring, by using patent medicines or resorting to "traditional cures" was not uncommon in the Highlands. Seventh sons were believed to have a special capacity for healing. Mr Graham described the difficulties in obtaining medical attendance on the Isle of Rona and told of a cure for epilepsy; if a black cockerel was buried alive beneath the spot where the first seizure had occurred, the sufferer would be cured.


This image is part of an online exhibition marking the centenary of The Highlands and Islands Medical Services Committee, commonly referred to as the Dewar Committee after its chairman, Sir John Dewar MP. The Committee's report paved the way for the first state provided health service in the world, the Highlands and Islands Medical Service, which revolutionised medical provision and is considered to be the precursor to the National Health Service. Click here to go to the start of the exhibition.

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The Evidence of Mr Graham, Isle of Rona, 18 October 1912

INVERNESS: Portree

1910s

Highlands and Islands Medical Services Committee; Dewar Report; Dewar Committee; Dewar Centenary

Highland Archive Centre

Highlands and Islands Medical Services Committee & Report

Self-doctoring, by using patent medicines or resorting to "traditional cures" was not uncommon in the Highlands. Seventh sons were believed to have a special capacity for healing. Mr Graham described the difficulties in obtaining medical attendance on the Isle of Rona and told of a cure for epilepsy; if a black cockerel was buried alive beneath the spot where the first seizure had occurred, the sufferer would be cured. <br /> <br /> <br /> <i>This image is part of an online exhibition marking the centenary of The Highlands and Islands Medical Services Committee, commonly referred to as the Dewar Committee after its chairman, Sir John Dewar MP. The Committee's report paved the way for the first state provided health service in the world, the Highlands and Islands Medical Service, which revolutionised medical provision and is considered to be the precursor to the National Health Service. Click <a href=http://www.ambaile.org.uk/en/set/show_content_page.html?category=3&set=29&qw= >here</a> to go to the start of the exhibition.</i>