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    How to survive the dog-days of summer

    10/08/2016

    Are you wilting under the heliacal rising of Sirius, Orion’s best friend, otherwise known as the ‘dog-days of summer‘?  Whether or not you have modern air conditioning (or servants to fan your heated brow), history provides us with a number of examples… Continue reading

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    Some fatherly advice from the king

    08/08/2016

    What right do we have to subject our children to potentially dangerous medical intervention in the interests of sparing them from a devastating disease that they may never contract? In the early 18th century several British royal children were inoculated… Continue reading

  • V0010933 A foppish medical student smoking a cigarette, a tankard is
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A foppish medical student smoking a cigarette, a tankard is on top of his medical books; denoting a cavalier attitude. Lithograph, 1854.
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    Tales of medical students heading for Paris

    29/07/2016

    British tourists and travellers heading by road for Paris and points beyond for the summer are likely to take the autoroute. Not so long ago however the principal route was the old RN 1 which took the traveller from Calais… Continue reading

  • L0074560 Three figures within laurel wreathes
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Three figures within laurel wreathes: Lord Mayor Crosby, John Wilkes and Fred Bull.
Lord Mayor Crosby wearing his civic mural crown, John Wilkes as Hercules and and Fred Bull as a bull wearing an alderman's chain. Wilkes holds up a scroll which is inscribed 'Hercules labours overcome gen.l warrants maintain'd. Lib. of Press. Freedom of election etc. etc. etc.' His club is inscribed 'Fox under influence', referring to Charles James Fox. The Lord Mayor rests on a scroll inscribed 'thanks and prayers of the poor'; his staff is inscribed 'for monopoly'; in the background is the Tower of London, and below him is the shield of the Corporation of London. The bull rests a hoof on a pillar of 'fortitude'; the cap of liberty below the figures is inscribed 'Libertas.
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1772 Published: [1 Jan. 1772]

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    Hieroglyphicks of the City Fathers

    25/07/2016

    The Corporation of London is the local government which controls the square mile known as the City of London. It includes the financial industries based in that small area in the eastern half of the London metropolis. The Corporation has… Continue reading

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    The Red Cross stamp collection

    18/07/2016

    Basil O’Connor, first president of the American National Red Cross (1947) and noted campaigner against polio was also a stamp collector. The Library have just acquired his nine album collection of 1043 international Red Cross / Red Crescent themed stamps.… Continue reading

  • N0028847 Royal Holloway Sanatorium, Virginia Water, Surrey
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Royal Holloway Sanatorium, Virginia Water, Surrey
This was the largest and grandest hospital built for private mental patients in Britain. In 1948 it was taken over by the National Health Service, and served parts of West Surrey. It closed down in the 1980's after a serious fire. It has now been turned into luxury apartments.
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1998 Published:  - 

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    Holloway Sanatorium for the Insane

    08/07/2016

    The travel writer Bill Bryson recorded that Virginia Water, the home to Holloway Sanatorium, had a charm about it because “it was full of wandering lunatics”. Bryson worked at the sanatorium in 1973 as a janitor on Tuke Ward. In… Continue reading

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    The story of Daraprim: from experimental drug to commodity

    30/06/2016

    A 62-year-old pharmaceutical drug developed by the Burroughs Wellcome Co. hit the news recently when the drug company who purchased the US marketing rights and increased the price by 5,000%. Today pyrimethamine (brand name Daraprim) is mainly used to treat… Continue reading

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    Apollo and the Aztecs

    27/06/2016

    Microcephaly is a word that has come from nowhere to the newspapers’ front pages in a surprisingly short time, owing to the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil coinciding with the preparations for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Congenital… Continue reading

  • B0010423 House fly (Musca domestica)
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Photomacrograph of the head of a common house fly (Musca domestica). The fly's mouthparts and two large compound eyes (for accurate perception of movement) can be seen. They are commonly found all over the world usually in areas of human activity. Even though these flies do not bite, they are considered pests and can pick up diseases from garbage, sewage and other sources of filth and carry them in their mouthparts and alimentary canal. These can then be transmitted onto human and animal food when the fly comes into contact with it. Disease-causing pathogens that can be commonly transmitted by house flies include Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Escherichia, Enterococcus and Chlamydia. Width of image is 1.5 cm.
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    Insects under the microscope

    23/06/2016

    For National Insect Week, Hannah Brown shares some of her favourite insect images from Wellcome Images. Robert Hooke’s drawing of the head and eyes of a drone-fly appeared in his book, ‘Micrographia’, the first book to illustrate insects and plants… Continue reading

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Latin Hospital, Pancaldi near Constantinople: refugee dispensary. Wood engraving.
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    Refugees in Turkey (again)

    20/06/2016

    With reports of 2.5 million Syrian refugees now encamped in Turkey, this 19th century print of refugees in Constantinople (Istanbul) shows that massed refugees in that part of the world are not a new phenomenon. The image, part of an… Continue reading