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Ross Macfarlane

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

  • Retail therapy: selling and buying drugs in the ancient world


    The third seminar in the 2014-15 History of Pre-Modern Medicine academic seminar series, will take place on Tuesday 11th November. Speaker: Dr Laurence Totelin (Cardiff University) ‘Retail Therapy: Selling and buying drugs in the ancient world’ Abstract: Selling and buying drugs, whether… Continue reading

  • Men, medicine and masculinity


    The second seminar in the 2014-15 History of Pre-Modern Medicine academic seminar series, will take place on Tuesday 28 October. Speaker: Dr Jennifer Evans (University of Hertfordshire) ‘Men, Medicine and Masculinity: male sexual health in the Long 17th Century’ Abstract: Masculinity in… Continue reading

  • Henry Wellcome, Oscar Wilde and the American Tenor


    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

  • ‘Bottled Knowledge’


    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

  • History of Pre-Modern Medicine Seminar Series, 2014-15


    The History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series returns this autumn. The 2014-15 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

  • The western front and London’s rain


    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


    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?


    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


    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


    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