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  • Descartes and doubt

    03/07/2015

    Ed Thornton draws on the Library’s original publications by René Descartes (1596–1650) to discover what the French polymath’s adage “I think therefore I am” can tell us about what it means to be a thinking thing in a physical world.… Continue reading

  • Attending the Social History Society conference

    02/06/2015

    Last year in Newcastle I was lucky enough to present a paper at my first Social History Society conference. It was such a rewarding experience that I could not wait to go again. This year it took place over three… Continue reading

  • Can big data and the digital humanities change the way we study the history of medicine?

    30/03/2015

    On 11-13 April 2016 the Wellcome Library will join forces with the National Library of Medicine and Virginia Tech to deliver a free workshop for researchers in the history of medicine and digital humanities. Images and Texts in Medical History:… Continue reading

  • Madness and civilization: a lecture in 45 tweets

    26/03/2015

    Couldn’t make it to Professor Andrew Scull’s terrific Porter Lecture on madness and civilization at Wellcome Collection? The helpful people at the History of Human Sciences Journal tweeted a ‘blow by blow’ account which they’ve storified into a handy guide… Continue reading

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    Forensics: the anatomy of crime

    26/02/2015

    Fancy solving a crime? Enter the macabre world of forensic pathology from today with the opening of Forensics: the anatomy of crime in Wellcome Collection’s newly refurbished Gallery 1. Arguably one of the most intriguing items from the Wellcome Library on display in this fascinating exhibition are the… Continue reading

  • Polite and Polluted? Nightmen and the Selling of Sanitary Services in London, 1600-1850

    25/02/2015

    The last seminar in the 2014-15 History of Pre-Modern Medicine academic seminar series, will take place on Tuesday 3 March. Speaker: Dr Mark Jenner (University of York) Polite and Polluted? Nightmen and the Selling of Sanitary Services in London c.1600-c.1850 Abstract: The Italian… Continue reading

  • Approaching medieval disfigurement: a medical problem?

    12/02/2015

    The next seminar in the 2014-15 History of Pre-Modern Medicine academic seminar series, will take place on Tuesday 17 February. Speaker: Dr Patricia Skinner (University of Winchester) Approaching Medieval Disfigurement: a Medical Problem? Abstract: This paper reviews the results of the… Continue reading

  • Poky Pigges and Stynkynge Makerels

    29/01/2015

    The next seminar in the 2014-15 History of Pre-Modern Medicine academic seminar series, will take place on Tuesday 3 February. Speaker: Prof Carole Rawcliffe (University of East Anglia) “Poky Pigges and Stynkynge Makerels”: food standards and urban health in later medieval… Continue reading

  • A Cancer Landscape: a powerful new exhibition in Brighton

    16/01/2015

    Margaret Felton from Sussex Community NHS Trust reflects on the emotional impact of an upcoming exhibition at the Brighton Science Festival. It was not until I heard artist and cancer patient Michele Angelo Petrone (1963-2007) talk about and show the… Continue reading

  • 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