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  • Pre-modern medicine seminars: Spring 2015 programme

    12/01/2015

    The History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series returns this month. The 2014-15 series – organised by a group of historians of medicine based at London universities and hosted by the Wellcome Library – will conclude with four seminars in the… Continue reading

  • Spotlight: the power of angels – a charm against the plague

    05/01/2015

    Plague was one of the most feared and dreaded aspects of daily life in 15th century England. Although scholarly medicine attributed the plague to corrupt air, it was also explained in terms of divine punishment. Charms, healing remedies whose power… Continue reading

  • Approaches to intellectual disability in the Middle Ages

    18/11/2014

    The fourth seminar in the 2014-15 History of Pre-Modern Medicine academic seminar series, will take place on Tuesday 25th November. Speaker: Dr Irina Metzler (Swansea University) ‘Approaches to intellectual disability in the Middle Ages: Thinking about ‘fools’ and ‘idiots” Abstract: Physical disability… Continue reading

  • Researching medicine in recipe books

    07/11/2014

    Researcher Katherine Allen is using recipe manuscripts to study domestic medicine in the 18th century. I first came upon the topic of recipe books as sources for the history of medicine during my master’s degree at the University of Saskatchewan.… Continue reading

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

    05/11/2014

    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

    23/10/2014

    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

  • ‘Bottled Knowledge’

    08/10/2014

    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

  • Spotlight: A medieval encyclopaedia

    20/08/2014

    The Etymologies of Isidore, bishop of Seville, which he began to write in Latin before 620 AD, is one of the earliest Western encyclopaedias. After Isidore’s death in 636, his student Braulio, bishop of Zaragoza, edited the final text. Based… Continue reading

  • Spotlight: the story of a medieval chapel over time

    08/07/2014

    The Norwich artist John Sell Cotman (1782–1842) published numerous etchings of buildings in Norfolk, Yorkshire and also Normandy in France. The Library has a copy of one of his Normandy etchings, showing the chapel of Saint-Julien at Petit-Quevilly near Rouen.… Continue reading

  • Workshop: Digital Approaches to Premodern Medicine and Health

    16/05/2014

    Following on from our announcement about digitising our pre-1500 Western Manuscripts, readers may be interested in our Digital Approaches to Premodern Medicine and Health workshop, which is taking place on Friday 23 May, 09.30-16.45 at the Wellcome Trust. The workshop… Continue reading