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    Forensics: the anatomy of crime


    Fancy solving a crime? Enter the macabre world of forensic pathology from today with the opening of Forensics: the anatomy of crime in Wellcome Collection’s newly refurbished Gallery 1. Arguably one of the most intriguing items from the Wellcome Library on display in this fascinating exhibition are the… Continue reading

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    Polite and Polluted? Nightmen and the Selling of Sanitary Services in London, 1600-1850


    The last seminar in the 2014-15 History of Pre-Modern Medicine academic seminar series, will take place on Tuesday 3 March. Speaker: Dr Mark Jenner (University of York) Polite and Polluted? Nightmen and the Selling of Sanitary Services in London c.1600-c.1850 Abstract: The Italian… Continue reading

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    Search the content of PDF documents in the Library catalogue


    Just over a year ago we introduced the ability to search the full-text of a proportion of our digitised items through the Library’s catalogue. We have now added PDF documents to the list of items you can search full-text. This… Continue reading

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    Prevent and survive: medical activism in 1980s Britain


    Dr Christoph Laucht’s research explores the ways in which medical professionals organised to protest against nuclear war in Cold War Britain. We invited him to share some of his findings from the archives. Britain experienced a revival of fears of… Continue reading

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    Spotlight: vanity of vanities, all is vanity


    Jodocus Müller, city apothecary of Dresden, was a prominent and presumably wealthy citizen of that town. In a certificate of 1675 he listed the six pursuits to which he had dedicated his life:  To learn the ‘A. B. C.,’ to… Continue reading

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    Sex tourism in 18th century London?


    We’ve all heard of the Grand Tour, when 18th century Englishmen went off to the Continent to further their cultural education and cultivate their aesthetic tastes, returning with paintings and statuary to adorn their homes. But what about traffic in… Continue reading

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    Love in a ‘cold’ climate


    Fancy a romantic get-away this Valentine’s day? Forget weekends in Paris, fancy hotels, red roses and oversized teddy bears; from 1946, volunteers flocked to the MRC Common Cold Research Unit (CCU) in Salisbury for a holiday with a twist –… Continue reading

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    Approaching medieval disfigurement: a medical problem?


    The next seminar in the 2014-15 History of Pre-Modern Medicine academic seminar series, will take place on Tuesday 17 February. Speaker: Dr Patricia Skinner (University of Winchester) Approaching Medieval Disfigurement: a Medical Problem? Abstract: This paper reviews the results of the… Continue reading

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    Glasgow University Library’s medical heritage


    John Moore, Collections Manager and Librarian for the College of Science and Engineering at Glasgow University Library, reflects on the University of Glasgow’s medical history. Many of the library’s 19th century medical collections will be included in the UK Medical Heritage… Continue reading

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    Hello! Who’s there?


    Towards the end of last year we ran a survey on the Library website. The aim was to find out more about who is reading our blog, what kind of content you enjoy reading, and how we can give you… Continue reading