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Ross Macfarlane

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

  • The western front and London’s rain

    30/08/2014

    On first impressions, rainfall may not be something you would expect Medical Officers of Health (MOH) to pay particular attention to – particularly rainfall in London during World War One.  However, the following example from our digitised MOH reports resource London’s Pulse… Continue reading

  • Henry Wellcome in the Heart of the Andes

    21/08/2014

    As today’s anniversary of Sir Henry Wellcome’s birth falls at a time of the year when many of our readers may still be on holiday, I thought we would take this opportunity to discuss Wellcome’s travels. In particular, I wanted to… Continue reading

  • A fresh perspective on the Great Stink?

    25/06/2014

    Summer in London, June 2014. Temperatures are starting to climb, travelling on the London Underground is becoming a sweltering affair and sufferers from hay fever are certainly not enjoying things. Uncomfortable at times but living conditions are not a patch on those… Continue reading

  • A medical student meets the history of medicine

    20/06/2014

    The Wellcome Library and the Society of Apothecaries jointly organise a mini-course introducing medical students to the History of Medicine through lectures and tours.  Here offering her thoughts on the recent three-day course, is Vaish Dandavate, a first year medical… Continue reading

  • The elusive slang of the turf

    07/06/2014

    The gee-gees, the nags, the horses… no matter your preferred term for them, many a fan of the turf will be turning their attention this afternoon to one of the most famous sporting occasions of the year – the Derby Stakes, or… Continue reading

  • The Business of Medicine

    14/04/2014

    The relationship between doctors and pharmaceutical manufacturers sometimes raises concerns about the undue influence of companies on the medical choices made by doctors. Dr Claire Jones’ research on 19th and early 20th century trade catalogues in the Burroughs, Wellcome &… Continue reading

  • Fast food and football rivalry

    14/03/2014

    On Sunday 16 March, not too far from the Wellcome Library’s location in North London, rival football clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal face each other in what local fans know as “the North London Derby”. What links this to the… Continue reading

  • ‘Ethics and etiquette at the deathbed in early modern medicine: a second look’

    23/02/2014

    The final seminar in the 2013-14 History of Pre-Modern Medicine academic seminar series, will take place on Tuesday 4th March. Details: Maria-Pia Donato (Università di Cagliari / I.H.M.C. Paris) Ethics and etiquette at the deathbed in early modern medicine: a… Continue reading

  • ‘Trouble with the Classics: Education Reform and the Cultivation of a Premodern Medical Tradition in India’

    12/02/2014

    The next seminar in the 2013-14 History of Pre-Modern Medicine academic seminar series, will take place on Tuesday 18th February. Details: Anthony Cerulli (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) Trouble with the Classics: Education Reform and the Cultivation of a Premodern Medical Tradition… Continue reading

  • ‘The transformation of medicine in early modern Britain’

    29/01/2014

    The next seminar in the 2013-14 History of Pre-Modern Medicine academic seminar series, will take place on Tuesday 4th February. Details: Patrick Wallis (LSE) The transformation of medicine in early modern Britain “In this paper, I discuss evidence for changes… Continue reading