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    Wellcome MS. 632: heavenly protection during childbirth in late medieval England

    25/10/2015

    Wellcome MS. 632 may be the only surviving ‘birth girdle’ in England that was actually used during childbirth. This parchment roll survives as a rare artefact from a time when women, who could afford it, gave birth in well-furnished darkened… Continue reading

  • Image from 1513 midwifery book.

    Women’s medicine between script and print, c. 1450–1600

    21/10/2015

    The second seminar in the 2015–16 History of Pre-Modern Medicine Seminar Series takes place on Tuesday 27th October. Speaker: Dr Gabriella Zuccolin (University of Cambridge) Women’s medicine between script and print, c. 1450–1600 Abstract: By 1600 only a few gynaecological texts written in Latin… Continue reading

  • Louise Bourgeois Boursier.

    The scholarly midwife

    08/10/2015

    Known as ‘The scholar’, Louise Bourgeois Boursier (1563–1636) was a recognised midwife within the 17th century French court. The trials and tribulations of her life illustrate the marginal position of female midwives in medicine at the time. Despite this, Bourgeois… Continue reading

  • St Elizabeth feeding sick man.

    A history of health? Integrating food and drink into the history of medieval medicine

    07/10/2015

    The first seminar in the 2015–16 History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series takes place on Tuesday 13th October. Speaker: Dr Iona McCleery (University of Leeds) A history of health? Integrating food and drink into the history of medieval medicine Abstract: The… Continue reading

  • L0064305 Frontispiece and titlepage: 'The Christians Refuge'
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Frontispiece and titlepage: 'The Christians Refuge'
1665 The Christians refuge: or heavenly antidotes against the plague in this time of generall contagion. To which is added the charitable physician, prescribing cheap and absolute remedies, for prevention and cure thereof. Published for the benifit [sic] of all families.
W. W.
Published: 1665.

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    Spotlight: a solitary survivor of the Great Plague

    01/10/2015

    The Great Plague that afflicted London 350 years ago (1665–66) had a dramatic impact on the city, killing up to 100,000 people of a population that then numbered about 460,000. There was a plethora of printed responses to this plague… Continue reading

  • Points on foot for bloodletting.

    Bodily fluids/fluid bodies: call for papers

    19/09/2015

    Paper proposals are invited for a conference on ‘Bodily fluids/fluid bodies in Greek and Roman Antiquity’ that will take place at St Michael’s College, Cardiff, 11–13 July 2016. The conference is organised by Dr Victoria Leonard (Cardiff) and Dr Laurence… Continue reading

  • Detail from painting: boy with tray of blood.

    History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series, 2015–16

    10/09/2015

    The History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series returns this autumn. The 2015–16 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

  • Image from Greek manuscript.

    Greek manuscripts at the Wellcome Library: a new catalogue

    05/09/2015

    I have recently completed a new descriptive catalogue of the 16 Greek manuscripts held by the Wellcome Library. The catalogue was published in the journal Medical History with contributions from Dr Georgi R. Parpulov. Some of these manuscripts contain previously… Continue reading

  • Image of St Margaret

    Religion and medicine: call for papers

    24/08/2015

    Paper proposals are invited for a conference on ‘Religion and medicine: healing the body and soul from the Middle Ages to the modern day’ that will take place at Birkbeck, University of London, 15–16 July 2016. The conference is convened… Continue reading

  • Image of Trotula

    Speaking of Trotula

    13/08/2015

    In her inaugural post on the Early Medicine blog, Elma Brenner used an iconic image of the female practitioner ‘Trotula’ to introduce the new digitisation of Wellcome MS. 544, a 14th-century collection of Latin medical texts. Many students of the… Continue reading