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Vein man in medieval manuscript.

The archaeology of monastic healing: spirit, mind and body

17/11/2017 | Early Medicine, Events and Visits

The next seminar in the 2017–18 History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series takes place on Tuesday 21 November. Speaker: Professor Roberta Gilchrist (University of Reading), ‘The archaeology of monastic healing: spirit, mind and body’ This paper highlights the potential of archaeology to… Continue reading

Portrait of Astley Cooper.

Anxiety and compassion: emotions and the surgical encounter in early 19th-century Britain

02/11/2017 | Early Medicine, Events and Visits

The next seminar in the 2017–18 History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series takes place on Tuesday 7 November. Speaker: Dr Michael Brown (University of Roehampton), ‘Anxiety and compassion: emotions and the surgical encounter in early 19th-century Britain’ The historical study of the… Continue reading

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Kitchen alchemy in the 16th century

01/11/2017 | Early Medicine, From the Collections

Since late antiquity, alchemical texts have had a reputation for being difficult to read. Besides often being written in Latin, which automatically limited the readership, these treatises employed a hermetic language, following the tradition of the secrecy of esoteric knowledge.… Continue reading

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The uses of ox bezoar in pre-modern Japan in ritual and medical practices

19/10/2017 | Early Medicine, Events and Visits

The next seminar in the 2017–18 History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series takes place on Tuesday 24 October. Speaker: Dr Benedetta Lomi (University of Bristol), ‘The uses of ox bezoar in pre-modern Japan in ritual and medical practices’ This paper focuses on the therapeutic… Continue reading

Finding lost science in early modern poetry

17/10/2017 | Early Medicine, Events and Visits

Workshop: Finding lost science in early modern poetry Wednesday 22 November 2017, Wellcome Library, Wellcome Collection Didactic poetry of the early modern period can reveal fascinating insights about what people of the time thought about science and how they expressed… Continue reading

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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

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