History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series, Spring 2017

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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 will be focused on pre-modern medicine, which we take to cover European and non-European history before the 20th century (antiquity, medieval and early modern history, some elements of 19th-century medicine). The seminars are open to all.

Woodcut of dissection.

Title page in EPB/6562/D/1: Andreas Vesalius, De humani corporis fabrica (Basel: Per Joannem Oporinum, 1555). Wellcome Images L0061044.


Tuesday 17 January: Dr Michael Stanley-Baker (Max Planck Institute, Berlin), ‘New digital and critical tools for the history of medicine and religion’

Tuesday 31 January: Professor Miri Shefer-Mossensohn (Tel-Aviv University), ‘Early modern Ottoman spaces and sites of medical healing and learning’

Tuesday 28 February: Dr Dániel Margócsy (University of Cambridge), ‘The Vesalius Census: the reception history of the “Fabrica” from 1543 to 2016’

All seminars will take place in the Wellcome Library, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE. Doors at 6pm prompt, seminars will start at 6.15pm.

Organising Committee: Elma Brenner (Wellcome Library), Michael Brown (Roehampton), Elena Carrera (QMUL), Sandra Cavallo (RHUL), John Henderson (Birkbeck, London), William MacLehose (UCL, convenor), Anna Maerker (KCL), Patrick Wallis (LSE), Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (Goldsmiths, convenor).

Enquiries to Ross MacFarlane (

Ross Macfarlane

Ross Macfarlane is the Research Engagement Officer at the Wellcome Library.

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