• 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

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    Keeping mental health in Mind

    10/10/2014

    For World Mental Health Day: Emma Hancox opens up the Mind archive. Over 80 boxes of material from the archive of Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales are now available for consultation in the Wellcome Library.… Continue reading

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    Free conference on digital libraries and JPEG2000

    09/10/2014

    The Wellcome Library and the Digital Preservation Coalition are co-hosting a free one-day conference, Current Trends and Future Directions for Digital Imaging, on 10 November 2014 to be held at the Wellcome Trust. This event is free and open to anyone… Continue reading

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    Well? Well almost…

    Through his research into the patient case notes of the Mental After-Care Association, Dr Stephen Soanes explores some of the attitudes towards convalescence in the mental health hospital system of the early 20th century. As a medical classification, convalescence represents a caveat. Neither… Continue reading

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    ‘Bottled Knowledge’

    08/10/2014

    The first seminar in the 2014-15 History of Pre-Modern Medicine academic seminar series, will take place on Tuesday 14th October. Details: Dr Anke Timmermann (University of Cambridge / London), ‘Bottled Knowledge: Drawings of Flasks and Vessels in Alchemical Manuscripts’ Abstract:… Continue reading

  • L0014756 Portrait of Dr Alexander Newington, 1891

    A Victorian lunatic asylum begins to reveal its secrets

    Dr Richard Aspin pursues the dramatic account by a Victorian barrister admitted to a lunatic asylum in 1875 in the newly digitised casebooks of Ticehurst House Hospital. “I was therefore ‘removed,’ half-dying, in a state of semi-consciousness, I can scarcely… Continue reading