How accurate is the medicine in Outlander? Caitriona Balfe reveals all

OUTLANDER often features medical procedures with Claire Fraser's skills as a healer and physician called upon. But how accurate is the medicine in the Starz series?

PUBLISHED: 18:02, Thu, Oct 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 18:11, Thu, Oct 1, 2020

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Time travelling drama Outlander has featured some medical procedures over it time. Right from the start, Claire Fraser (played by Caitriona Balfe) was revealed to be a nurse serving in World War II and used to dealing with gory biological situations. This has remained a recurring theme throughout the Starz series and Claire now has her own surgery at Fraser’s Ridge where she treats patients even though she doesn’t command the same respect as her male counterparts in this era.

How accurate is the medicine in Outlander?

Claire qualified as a doctor in season three of Outlander when her first husband Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies) urged her to pursue her dreams of becoming a doctor.

She trained at medical school during the 60s and was one of the only women in her graduating class at the time.

The doctor became armed with some valuable skills, which she took back with her to the 18th century after journeying to be reunited with her one true love Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan).

Claire’s skills have been a doubled-edged sword and viewers saw how her advice was used against her by Lionel Brown (Ned Dennehy), who believed she was meddling.

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Outlander: Caitriona Balfe portrays Claire FraserOutlander: Caitriona Balfe portrays Claire Fraser (Image: STARZ)

Outlander has a medical advisor who ensures accuracy on setOutlander has a medical advisor who ensures accuracy on set (Image: STARZ)

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Sadly, this led Claire to be kidnapped by Lionel and his men and later brutally sexually assaulted before she was saved by Jamie.

In season five, Claire got her surgery up and running with Marsali Fraser (Lauren Lyle) serving as her apprentice and learning from her.

Claire’s powers of healing will be employed throughout Outlander and viewers can expect to see more of her expertise have a role to play in the storyline.

However, many viewers of Outlander are curious to know more about the accuracy and authenticity of the medical procedures featured in the series.

Outlander's medical advisor speaks to Caitriona BalfeOutlander's medical advisor speaks to Caitriona Balfe (Image: STARZ)

Speaking in a behind-the-scenes video, Irish actress Balfe said:

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