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Medieval herbal showing plants.

A medieval medical bestseller: the ‘Circa instans’

20/02/2017 | Early Medicine, From the Collections

Pharmacy was one of the pillars of medical therapy during antiquity and the Middle Ages. Medicaments were derived from the natural world (plants, minerals and animals), and resulted from the combination of different substances, each with specific properties and therapeutic… Continue reading

Early modern Ottoman spaces and sites of medical healing and learning

26/01/2017 | Early Medicine, Events and Visits

The next seminar in the 2016–17 History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series takes place on Tuesday 31 January. Speaker: Professor Miri Shefer-Mossensohn (Tel-Aviv University) Early modern Ottoman spaces and sites of medical healing and learning Abstract: This lecture analyses the sites and… Continue reading

The history of genetics research in Edinburgh

23/01/2017 | The Researcher’s View

As the archivist on the University of Edinburgh’s Wellcome Trust-funded ‘Towards Dolly’ project, I catalogued a variety of genetics collections but rarely got the chance to delve into them from a research perspective. Over four years on the project I… Continue reading

Image of Queen Isabella of England.

Queen Isabella’s regimen of health

21/01/2017 | Early Medicine, From the Collections

In the later Middle Ages there was a considerable appetite for regimens of health, texts that provided advice about how to remain healthy and combat illness. Medical advice today depends for its efficacy on several factors, from evidence-based proof to… Continue reading

Improving Wikipedia: one reference at a time!

18/01/2017 | Events and Visits

#1Lib1Ref is an annual global initiative organised by Wikipedia, which encourages library staff to make simple changes to articles to improve the accuracy of information available online. #1Lib1Ref also makes it easier for Wikipedia users to find out about the… Continue reading

Chinese image of plants and buddha.

New digital and critical tools for the history of medicine and religion

13/01/2017 | Early Medicine, Events and Visits

The next seminar in the 2016–17 History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series takes place on Tuesday 17 January. Speaker: Dr Michael Stanley-Baker (Max Planck Institute, Berlin) New digital and critical tools for the history of medicine and religion Abstract: Historians of medicine in… Continue reading

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