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    The archival afterlife of an artwork


    The ‘Would you mind?’ installation was commissioned from artist and writer Neil Bartlett for Wellcome Collection’s exhibition: the Institute of Sexology. The piece took the form of a questionnaire available to visitors in the final section of the show. Samples… Continue reading

  • L0074275 Tab 24, Leukoplasia of the neck, Mracek, 1898
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Tab 24, Leukoplasia of the neck, female patient
1898 Atlas of syphilis and the veneral diseases : including a brief treatise on the pathology and treatment,
Franz Mracek
Published: 1898.

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    A life researching sexually transmitted infections


    Hungarian-born Dr George Csonka (1916-2000) was a venereologist and an expert in his field. A man so dedicated to his profession, he even infected himself with non-gonococcal urethritis in order to find the right antibiotic (reference: PP/CSO/A/5). Dr Csonka’s personal papers… Continue reading

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    Bond villains and criminal anthropology


    Amongst the Libary’s collection of fiction is a copy of Dr No, featuring the redoubtable secret agent, James Bond, created by the ex-Naval Intelligence Officer, Ian Fleming. Both the cinematic and literary worlds of Bond are inhabited by vividly imagined… Continue reading

  • L0070285 A temple with a fountain
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A temple with a fountain, representing sandbath treatment for gout and other diseases at Bad Köstritz. Colour lithograph attributed to P. Scheurich, ca. 1910.
1910 By: Paul ScheurichPublished: [ca. 1910]

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    A gift from the dead of 1945


    January brings to the UK not only storms and floods but also a benefit to users of historical collections: copyright expiry. At midnight on 31 December 2015, the copyrights of people who had died in 1945 expired, and it became… Continue reading

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    Western mandalas in the Cary Baynes archive


    The Wellcome Library has several fine examples of traditional mandalas, each a bounty of heavenly palaces, cemetries, animals, flowers, divine retinues etc. Some are currently on display in Wellcome Collection as part of the Tibet’s Secret Temple exhibition. The recently… Continue reading

  • M0003436 Use of the Lister carbolic spray, Antiseptic surgery, 1882.
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Use of the Lister carbolic spray.
Antiseptic surgery
William Watson Cheyne
Published: 1882

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    Linking letters across archives


    On a recent visit to the Library, archivist Karen Rushton made some interesting connections between letters in the Wellcome Library archives and others in archives at the University of Manchester Library. By their very nature, correspondence by particular individuals often… Continue reading

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    Sex, monsters and madness: our top ten digital works


    On the Library blog we aim to share the things in our digital library that have surprised, delighted or horrified us. We know that the blog isn’t the only way people find our digitial collections, and we were curious to… Continue reading

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    The ‘disease woman’ of the Wellcome Apocalypse


    By the middle of the 15th century, women’s healthcare had begun to shift from a field dominated by women to one monitored and controlled by men. Following the classical Aristotelian schema, the female body was perceived as biologically inferior, intrinsically… Continue reading

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    Burger’s Secret: discover an unexpected Conan Doyle story


    As legions of Sherlock fans await a visit to Victorian London and an encounter with The Abominable Bride on British television in the New Year, we thought a little-known tale from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would further whet the appetite. Burger’s Secret is a… Continue reading

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    Chemical Christmas greetings


    Dip into the recently digitised issues of the Chemist & Druggist journal and you will find some colourful examples of pharmaceutical advertising – especially at Christmas. Medical suppliers frequently used the pages of this trade magazine to promote their wares.… Continue reading