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Leprosy and diet in medieval Normandy

06/10/2017 | Early Medicine, Events and Visits

The first seminar in the 2017–18 History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series takes place on Tuesday 10 October. Speaker: Dr Elma Brenner (Wellcome Collection), ‘Leprosy and diet in medieval Normandy’ Food and drink were key markers of status in medieval… Continue reading

Anatomical engraving 1679.

History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series, 2017–18

24/09/2017 | Early Medicine, Events and Visits

The History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series returns this autumn. The 2017–18 series – organised by a group of historians of medicine based at London universities and hosted by the Wellcome Library – will commence with four seminars in the… Continue reading

Images of gifure with four arms from early modern book.

Ambroise Paré’s medical ‘monsters’

26/07/2017 | Early Medicine, From the Collections

In the collected works of Ambroise Paré (c. 1510–90), first published in French in 1575, a ‘Book of monsters and prodigies’ appears alongside other subjects including the setting of bones, the identification of parasites, and the treatment of wounds. Paré,… Continue reading

Sketches from a journey across Europe in 1817

14/07/2017 | From the Collections

Two hundred years ago, an English businessman waited nervously at Dover, about to take a leap into the unknown. In July 1817, at the age of 31, Joseph Jackson Lister – a wine merchant and, in his spare time, a… Continue reading

Woodcut of St Birgitta.

Reading and health in the medieval convent

08/06/2017 | Early Medicine

Medieval medicine, based on the writings associated with Hippocrates and Galen, held that health depended on keeping the body’s humours (blood, choler, phlegm and melancholy) in equilibrium. The regulation of the ‘non-naturals’, influences on the body such as the consumption… Continue reading

Opening up the Wellcome Trust corporate archive

04/05/2017 | From the Collections

For the first time Wellcome Library members can request and view material from the Wellcome Trust’s own corporate archive. This is the result of a two year project to turn Wellcome’s corporate records into a public resource available to all.… Continue reading