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Ross Macfarlane

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

  • History of pre-modern medicine seminar series, Spring 2014

    13/01/2014

    The History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series returns this month.  The 2013-14 series – organised by a group of historians of medicine based at London universities and hosted by the Wellcome Library – will conclude with four seminars. The series… Continue reading

  • A literary history of medicine: the best accounts of the classes of physicians

    12/11/2013

    The next seminar in the 2013-14 History of Pre-Modern Medicine academic seminar series, will take place on Tuesday 19th November. Details: Emilie Savage-Smith (Oxford) A Literary History of Medicine: The Best Accounts of the Classes of Physicians by Ibn Abī Uṣaybiʿah (d.… Continue reading

  • The Devil’s “greatest enemy”

    31/10/2013

    North Berwick, All Hallows Eve 1590 – and the Devil is abroad. According to the pamphlet Newes from Scotland he took human form, appearing before a group of witches to whom he requested to “kiss his Buttocks, in signe of… Continue reading

  • ‘Nature’s Office and Work: Defeating Disease in Early Modern England, 1580-1720’

    30/10/2013

    The next seminar in the 2013-14 History of Pre-Modern Medicine academic seminar series, will take place on Tuesday 5th November. Details: Hannah Newton (Cambridge) “Nature’s Office and Work”: Defeating Disease in Early Modern England, 1580-1720 Abstract: The ‘golden saying’ in early modern… Continue reading

  • ‘Saving the Lives of Our Dogs’

    25/10/2013

    Eighty years ago, a special supplement to The Field magazine announced that the dreaded dog disease of distemper had been conquered. The conquest was the result of a vaccine developed by researchers at the Medical Research Council (MRC) and commercialised… Continue reading

  • Between the East and the West…

    22/10/2013

    The next seminar in the 2013-14 History of Pre-Modern Medicine academic seminar series, will take place on Tuesday 29th October. Details: François-Olivier Touati (Université François-Rabelais, Tours) ‘Between the East and the West: transmission of diseases, connection of medical responses during the Middle… Continue reading

  • ‘The Galenist as Mechanist: Claude Perrault and the Natural History of Animals’

    09/10/2013

    The first seminar in the 2013-14 History of Pre-Modern Medicine academic seminar series, will take place on Tuesday 15th October. Details: Anita Guerrini (Oregon State) ‘The Galenist as Mechanist: Claude Perrault and the Natural History of Animals’ Abstract: Claude Perrault (1613-1688)… Continue reading

  • By the banks of the New River

    20/09/2013

    With the current resurgence of interest in London’s lost rivers, there’s a case to be made that perhaps the capital’s most unknown waterway is actually hidden in plain sight. Whilst your Fleets, Tyburns and Effras have the occluded air of… Continue reading

  • History of Pre-Modern Medicine Seminar Series, Autumn 2013

    13/09/2013

    Following a successful first year, the History of Pre-Modern seminar series returns this autumn.  The 2013-14 series – organised by a group of historians of medicine based at London universities and hosted by the Wellcome Library – will commence with four… Continue reading

  • Wellcome anniversaries

    21/08/2013

    August 21st, 2013 marks the 160th anniversary of the birth of Sir Henry Wellcome. This month also marks the centenary of one of the most important events in Wellcome’s life: August 1913 was the month that the Wellcome Historical Medical… Continue reading