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Ross Macfarlane

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

  • An operatic elixir…


    On Saturday evening, BBC Radio 3 broadcast Donizetti’s comic opera L’elisir d’amore live from the Royal Opera House. The plot of the opera revolves around the love potions of the quack doctor Dulcamara and the history of quackery was explored during… Continue reading

  • ‘Plague and ‘Syphilis’ in Early Modern Europe: the Rise of Cultural Toxins’


      The next seminar in the History of Pre-Modern Medicine academic seminar series, will take place on Tuesday 4th December.  Details: Sam Cohn (University of Glasgow) Plague and ‘Syphilis’ in Early Modern Europe: the Rise of Cultural Toxins The seminar will… Continue reading

  • From practice to prosopography

    This month the Wellcome Library hosted the first in a new series of academic seminars on the history of pre-modern medicine. The series has been organised by a group of historians of medicine based at London universities and will focus… Continue reading

  • Item of the Month, November 2012: Christ with Saint Andrew and Saint Longinus


    Today is the feast day of Saint Andrew, patron saint of Scotland. However, the image we have chosen as our item of the month, whilst depicting Saint Andrew, does not feature the object commonly associated with him – the X-shaped… Continue reading

  • Anatomical theatre

    History of Pre-Modern Medicine Seminar Series 2012-13


    A new academic seminar series organised by a group of historians of medicine based at London universities and hosted by the Wellcome Library will start to meet in 2012-13. The series will be focused on pre-modern medicine, which we take… Continue reading

  • Rapid Growth in Population Archives


    Two closely-related archives on population control have recently been catalogued and are now available to researchers at the Wellcome Library. Population Concern (SA/POP) and The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health (SA/PGP) form part of a nexus… Continue reading

  • Rare videos of Roy Porter now online


    Roy Porter (1946-2002) is justifiably recognised as the most influential historian of medicine of his generation.  However, despite being a prodigious author, a frequent broadcaster on BBC Radio and a popular lecturer to a range of audiences, not many recordings… Continue reading

  • Woman’s Hour


    This week, Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 featured a discussion between Dr Lesley Hall, Senior Archivist, Wellcome Library and author Lisa Appignanesi. Inspired by the new film Hysteria their discussion traced the historical roots of the term and also… Continue reading

  • Dr Elma Brenner on Sick City Talks

    Sick City Talks are a new series of podcasts on the history, literature, art and science of medicine in London, devised by Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellow, Dr Richard Barnett. The latest in the series, features Richard in conversation with Dr… Continue reading

  • Exploring Wellcome Collection: Medicine, Society and the Making of Modern Europe to 1800


    What did it mean to be ill in the past?  How was illness understood and how were patients treated?  Drawing on the rich holdings both in the Library and Wellcome Collection, this short course looks for answers to these questions.… Continue reading