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  • Scottish witches ‘fly’ online for Halloween

    31/10/2016

    We’ve recently digitised a 350-year old manuscript. Nothing very unusual in that, but this one is really rather special. MS 3658 is a record of men and women accused of witchcraft in Scotland in 1658, at a time when the… Continue reading

  • Coleridge and the doctors

    21/10/2016

    For National Poetry Day we highlighted one of the poems in our collection: a rollicking travelogue that is sadly anonymous.  Much of the poetry in the Wellcome Library is anonymous – in many cases, it is amateur material bad enough… Continue reading

  • Printed plague amulet

    Deciphering a central European plague amulet

    14/10/2016

    From the ancient world to the present, people have turned to powerful words, symbols and images as magical shields against bad luck, evil spirits, debilitating illness and sudden death. In medieval and early modern Europe, textual amulets on parchment and… Continue reading

  • Dr Oliver Wrong: a salt and water physician

    11/10/2016

    Dr Oliver Wrong, best known as an academic and clinical nephrologist, was a salt and water physician. Meaning that he was mostly interested in what simple substances (such as water, potassium, sodium, and magnesium) could reveal about life – which… Continue reading

  • A rumbustious ode to Buxton

    07/10/2016

    For National Poetry Day, Chris Hilton shares an unlikely offering from our collections. We’ve often said that if the Wellcome Library needed a mission statement, one possibility would be “more than you think”: a collection built around the central organising… Continue reading

  • Polymorphous polypharmacy

    27/09/2016

    People taking medicines often take more than one medicine simultaneously. Polypharmacy and combination therapy can have many advantages, as well as a number of difficulties, such as non-compliance, unwanted side effects, drug-resistant infections, medical disasters, and waste of money. It… Continue reading

  • Crick on consciousness

    14/09/2016

    In the States of Mind exhibition at Wellcome Collection you’ll find a small section dedicated to Francis Crick’s work on the science of consciousness. Since the Library also has Crick’s personal papers, we decided to take a closer look at… Continue reading

  • Social science in action: reports from Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR) Archive

    01/09/2016

    The first 130 boxes from the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR) archive have now been catalogued and are available for researchers to discover, explore, and interpret at Wellcome Library. These papers – the registered document series (SA/TIH/B/1) – provide… Continue reading

  • Dogs of the Wellcome Library

    26/08/2016

    We know that Henry Wellcome loved his cats, but it’s National Dog Day so to balance out the cats here are a few dogs from our collections. The life story of a fowl   A history and description of the modern… Continue reading

  • Denis Burkitt’s safari diaries

    23/08/2016

    Denis Parsons Burkitt (1911-1993), while posted at the Mulago Hospital and Makerere Medical School in Kampala, Uganda, in the 1950s and 1960s, was the first to describe a childhood cancer which became known as Burkitt’s lymphoma. From the latter 1960s… Continue reading