• V0046729 Japanese masks: six masks

    Hell is empty and all the devils are here

    31/10/2014

    In the Library’s Asian Collection is a wealth of Japanese material, including books, manuscripts and iconographic works. Of fiendish interest to us this Halloween, is one fascinating print featuring the demons of Japanese folklore and mythology. The woodcut print by… Continue reading

  • L0004703EA Watercolour of Shen Nung, Chinese deity of Medicine etc.

    Spotlight: the legend of the Divine Farmer

    28/10/2014

    This c.1920 watercolour is a copy of an ancient original and can be found in the Library’s Art Collection, along with other visual material featuring the Shen Nong. Legend has it that Shen Nong (神农), or ‘Divine Farmer’, was one… Continue reading

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    International League Against Epilepsy

    24/10/2014

    The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) is a voluntary international organisation for physicians working in the field of epilepsy. It is committed to ensuring that health professionals, patients and their care providers, governments, and the public world-wide have access to… Continue reading

  • L0022377 J. Casserius, Tabulae anatomicae LXXIXX

    Men, medicine and masculinity

    23/10/2014

    The second seminar in the 2014-15 History of Pre-Modern Medicine academic seminar series, will take place on Tuesday 28 October. Speaker: Dr Jennifer Evans (University of Hertfordshire) ‘Men, Medicine and Masculinity: male sexual health in the Long 17th Century’ Abstract: Masculinity in… Continue reading

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    Anthropology on film

    22/10/2014

    With the theme ‘Past forward’, the Margaret Mead Film Festival runs at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, from 23-26 October 2014. The festival, which has been running since 1977, is a premiere showcase for international… Continue reading

  • L0068379 World War I: the Royal Army Medical Corps on active service

    Mud, snipers and rats: rescuing the injured from the trenches

    17/10/2014

    “The spade will be as indispensable to a soldier as his rifle” predicted Ivan Bloch in 1899. This proved to be an accurate prediction for the static and trench bound nature of World War I. With machine gun fire faster… Continue reading

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    Henry Wellcome, Oscar Wilde and the American Tenor

    16/10/2014

    On the 150th anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde, it seems apt to draw attention to one of the more surprising letters in Henry Wellcome’s papers. Why would Wilde be writing to Wellcome? The answer reveals a surprsing string… Continue reading

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    Sunglasses or umbrella?

    Wellcome weather is a new experiment in the Sandbox on the Wellcome Library web site. Pictures from Wellcome Images illustrate the current weather conditions at the Wellcome Library in London. Wellcome Images released over 100,000 high resolution images for use… Continue reading

  • L0034543 Letitia Fairfield (1885-1978)

    A woman of some importance

    14/10/2014

    On Ada Lovelace Day, medical student Emily Garrett explains why her research into the archival papers of Letitia Fairfield left her so inspired by this pioneering 20th century doctor. I first entered the Wellcome Library just over two years ago,… Continue reading

  • M0001845 John Haygarth. Line engraving by W. Cooke, 1827, after J. H.Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Imagesimages@wellcome.ac.ukhttp://wellcomeimages.orgJohn Haygarth. Line engraving by W. Cooke, 1827, after J. H. Bell.Line engravingGent's magazinePublished: 1827Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    Spotlight: a portrait of Sir Francis Burnand

    13/10/2014

    Francis Cowley Burnand (1836-1917) was educated at Eton and Trinity College Cambridge, and while at Cambridge founded the Cambridge Amateur Dramatic Club in 1855. (The club still flourishes today, now as then called the ADC.) Burnand subsequently became well known… Continue reading