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Ross Macfarlane

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

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    Miraculous medicines and exotic rituals

    04/11/2016

    The next seminar in the 2016–17 History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series takes place on Tuesday 8th November. Speaker: Dr Tara Alberts (University of York) Miraculous medicines and exotic rituals: European healers in southeast Asian royal courts in the 17th century Abstract: In a… Continue reading

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    Disfiguring disease in medical and popular perceptions

    19/10/2016

    The next seminar in the 2016–17 History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series takes place on Tuesday 25th October. Speaker: Professor Luke Demaitre (University of Virginia) Disfiguring disease in medical and popular perceptions: ‘aspectus’ and ‘spectaculum’ Abstract: Pre-modern records attest to various disfigurements caused… Continue reading

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    The melancholy earl: emotion, medicine and the body in 17th-century England

    06/10/2016

    The first seminar in the 2016–17 History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series takes place on Tuesday 11th October. Speaker: Dr Erin Sullivan (University of Birmingham) The melancholy earl: emotion, medicine and the body in 17th-century England Abstract: What did melancholy look like… Continue reading

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    History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series, 2016–17

    23/09/2016

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

  • London Health Histories – a workshop

    26/05/2016

    On the 17 June we will be hosting a workshop, ‘London Health Histories’, organised in association with the Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Bringing together academics, librarians and archivists, the workshop will consider the health… Continue reading

  • Ghostly comings and goings in Shakespeare’s plays

    03/05/2016

    Ross MacFarlane goes ghost hunting through the ages in the next of our series of Shakespeare-themed posts. This Victorian engraving captures a key scene in one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Hamlet claims to have seen the ghost of his… Continue reading

  • How Babylonian is the Hippocratic corpus?

    26/02/2016

    The last seminar in the 2015–16 History of Pre-Modern Medicine Seminar Series takes place on Tuesday 1 March. Speaker: Professor Mark Geller (Freie Universität, Berlin) How Babylonian is the Hippocratic corpus? Abstract: The topic of similarities and possible commonalities between Hippocratic and Babylonian… Continue reading

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    Materia medica at the grand-ducal court in 16th century Tuscany

    10/02/2016

    The next seminar in the 2015–16 History of Pre-Modern Medicine Seminar Series takes place on Tuesday 16 February. Speaker: Dr Cristina Bellorini (Independent scholar, Milan) Materia medica at the grand-ducal court in 16th century Tuscany Abstract: In Tuscany in the second half… Continue reading

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    The medicine of the friars in late medieval England

    28/01/2016

    The next seminar in the 2015–16 History of Pre-Modern Medicine Seminar Series takes place on Tuesday 2 February. Speaker: Peter Jones (University of Cambridge) The medicine of the friars in late medieval England Abstract: Compared to occupational groups like physicians, surgeons, barbers, apothecaries and… Continue reading

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    ‘On heart and liver in Chinese and Tibetan medicine’

    14/01/2016

    The next seminar in the 2015–16 History of Pre-Modern Medicine Seminar Series takes place on Tuesday 19 January. Speaker: Professor Elisabeth Hsu (University of Oxford) On heart and liver in Chinese and Tibetan medicine: a situated history of not wanting to know… Continue reading