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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

Greek manuscripts at the Wellcome Library: a symposium and concert

02/05/2017 | Early Medicine, Events and Visits

On Thursday 25 May 2017 the Wellcome Library will host a one-day symposium on its Greek manuscripts, aiming to explore hitherto unknown or very little studied medical texts. Topics will include the diagnosis and therapy of diseases, and the ownership… Continue reading

The fpa: changing opinions on contraception

27/04/2017 | From the Collections

Contraception is a risky business. Where the conception of life is concerned, no one method of family planning is flawless and thus education is key. The fpa is a charity provides information and education so that people can make informed… Continue reading

Censorship on medieval manuscript page.

Censorship of medieval English recipes

21/04/2017 | Early Medicine, From the Collections

A late medieval manuscript in the Wellcome Library contains intriguing marks of censorship. MS. 406 is a collection of Middle English texts and recipes produced in the 15th and early 16th centuries. The recipes are from the ‘Practica phisicalia’ composed… Continue reading

Henry Wellcome: pioneer in aerial photography

15/03/2017 | From the Collections

It’s a little known fact that Sir Henry Wellcome was something of a pioneer in aerial photography. Wellcome first visited Sudan in 1900, to establish what became the Wellcome Tropical Research Laboratories in Khartoum. Once the laboratories were established, he… Continue reading