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This post marks the first of a series of quarterly roundups of new publications of interest to researchers of early medicine that have recently been added to the shelves of the Wellcome Library. The bulletin will highlight monographs and collections of essays on the history of medieval or early modern medicine in Europe, or on the broader cultural history of health and well-being. It will also include selective titles with content straddling the early and modern periods.

Woodcut of man with pox.

EPB/3365/B: L’experience et approbation Vlrich de Hutem notable cheuallier. Touchant la medecine du boys dit guaiacum pour circonuenir et dechasser la maladie de Neaples (Paris: Phelippe le Noir, [1520?]), woodcut on title-page. Wellcome Images L0005341.

Cristian Berco, From body to community: venereal disease and society in Baroque Spain (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016).

The sacred and the secular in medieval healing: sites, objects, and texts, ed. Barbara S. Bowers and Linda Migl Keyser (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2016).

Nancy Mandeville Caciola, Afterlives: the return of the dead in the Middle Ages (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2016).

Illness and literature in the Low Countries: from the Middle Ages until the 21st century, ed. Jaap Grave, Rick Honings and Bettina Noak (Göttingen: V&R Unipress, 2016).

Sasha Handley, Sleep in early modern England (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016).

The Routledge history of disease, ed. Mark Jackson (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2016).

Paul Mazliak, Jean Fernel: premier physiologiste de la Renaissance (Paris: Adapt-Snes éditions: Hermann, 2016).

Eroticism in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: magic, marriage, and midwifery, ed. Ian Frederick Moulton (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016).

Making love in the twelfth century: letters of two lovers in context, trans. Barbara Newman (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).

Sara Pennell, The birth of the English kitchen, 1600–1850 (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016).



The late Middle English version of Constantinus Africanus’ Venerabilis anatomia in London, Wellcome Library, MS 290 (ff. 1r–41v), ed. Jesús Romero-Barranco (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015).

Medicine, religion, and gender in medieval culture, ed. Naoë Kukita Yoshikawa (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer 2015).

Richard Aspin

Richard Aspin

Dr Richard Aspin is Head of Research in the Wellcome Library. An archivist and manuscripts curator by training, he has spent many years working with the Library’s collections, as both custodian and researcher. His main motivation for studying the past is to help rescue forgotten lives from the enormous condescension of posterity.

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