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    The melancholy earl: emotion, medicine and the body in 17th-century England


    The first seminar in the 2016–17 History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series takes place on Tuesday 11th October. Speaker: Dr Erin Sullivan (University of Birmingham) The melancholy earl: emotion, medicine and the body in 17th-century England Abstract: What did melancholy look like… Continue reading

  • UK Medical Heritage Library: events for would-be digital scholars


    As regular readers of the blog will know, we’ve been working with Jisc and a range of 9 partner institutions on the UK Medical Heritage Library (UKMHL) – a vast project to digitise 19th century texts from research libraries nationwide.… Continue reading

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    Disability and religion: call for papers


    This three-day conference marks the 10th Anniversary Annual Meeting on ‘Disease, disability and medicine in medieval Europe’. It will be hosted by Swansea University at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, 2–4 December 2016. The conference aims to explore the interactions between disability… Continue reading

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    History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series, 2016–17


    The History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series returns this autumn. The 2016–17 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

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    Incunabula and medicine: a report


    On Friday 20 May 2016, the Wellcome Library hosted a workshop (for the programme, see a previous post) that aimed to bring about new discussions on incunabula, the earliest printed books, and medicine. This was the first time that the… Continue reading

  • London Health Histories – a workshop


    On the 17 June we will be hosting a workshop, ‘London Health Histories’, organised in association with the Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Bringing together academics, librarians and archivists, the workshop will consider the health… Continue reading

  • The Ebola Review Archive Team at Médecins Sans Frontières


    Between April and June 2015 I left my job as an archivist at the Wellcome Library for two months to work at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Brussels as the Team Leader of a specially recruited team of three information… Continue reading

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    Incunabula and medicine: a workshop


    On Friday 20 May 2016 the Wellcome Library will host a one-day workshop on incunabula and medicine. This event will reflect broadly on the relationship between the earliest printed books and medicine. Topics will include: medical illustration in incunabula; the… Continue reading

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    Beauty and the hospital: call for papers


    Paper proposals are invited for the eleventh conference of the International Network for the History of Hospitals, which will take place in Malta, 6–8 April 2017, hosted by the Mediterranean Institute at the University of Malta, and the University of… Continue reading

  • How Babylonian is the Hippocratic corpus?


    The last seminar in the 2015–16 History of Pre-Modern Medicine Seminar Series takes place on Tuesday 1 March. Speaker: Professor Mark Geller (Freie Universität, Berlin) How Babylonian is the Hippocratic corpus? Abstract: The topic of similarities and possible commonalities between Hippocratic and Babylonian… Continue reading