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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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That novelty Christmas present you don’t need

10/01/2017 | From the Collections

So, what did you get for Christmas? It is, of course, the thought that counts: remembering someone, and taking the effort to choose something for them, rather than selecting the precise object that they might have got for themselves. Even… Continue reading

Woodcut of dissection

History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series, Spring 2017

09/01/2017 | Early Medicine, Events and Visits

The History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series returns this month. The 2016–17 series – organised by a group of historians of medicine based at London universities and hosted by the Wellcome Library – will conclude with three seminars. The series… Continue reading

L0059573 Glass phial of British Standard penicillin, London, England,
Credit: Science Museum, London. Wellcome Images
British Standard penicillin was defined as one milligram of penicillin containing 1,600 International Units. An International Unit is defined as the potency or activity of a drug. The standard was set by the National Institute for Medical Research. International Standards were set in 1944 and in 1952. Standardisation of drugs such as penicillin is important to ensure the quantity and quality produced and given to patients is consistent all over the world.

maker: National Institute for Medical Research

Place made: London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
made: 1946 Published:  - 

Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0

The ‘stuff that almost brings people back from the dead’

06/01/2017 | From the Collections

An exhibition to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first human trials of penicillin has recently opened at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford. ‘Back From The Dead‘ traces the “miraculous and precarious” nature of antibiotics from the… Continue reading