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  • Portrait of Astley Cooper.

    Anxiety and compassion: emotions and the surgical encounter in early 19th-century Britain

    02/11/2017

    The next seminar in the 2017–18 History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series takes place on Tuesday 7 November. Speaker: Dr Michael Brown (University of Roehampton), ‘Anxiety and compassion: emotions and the surgical encounter in early 19th-century Britain’ The historical study of the… Continue reading

  • What did the Victorians make of spectacles?

    04/08/2016

    Nowadays spectacles are commonplace, but in the 19th century some commentators were alarmed by their proliferation. The author of the ‘Health, Beauty and the Toilet’ column, for example, asked “WHY do we see so many children wearing glasses now-a-days, when… Continue reading

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Campaigning cookbooks for vegetarians

    19/05/2016

    Take a look at the published books in our collection classified under the subject Vegetarian Diet and you might be surprised. A substantial number were published in the second half of the 19th century. The first vegetarian society in the… Continue reading

  • Madame Ruppert’s beauty secrets

    03/02/2016

    A box of confectionery arrived at the green room of the Princess’s Theatre, Oxford Street, on 6 November 1894… with no well-wishes attached. Madame Anna Ruppert, starring in ‘Robbery Under Arms’, ate a considerable quantity of sweets. The next day,… Continue reading

  • Linking letters across archives

    19/01/2016

    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

  • Edward Jenner: pamphleteer

    07/12/2015

    Dr Rob Boddice presents the evidence for his discovery of a lost work by Edward Jenner in the Wellcome Library. Edward Jenner, father of immunology, pioneer of the vaccine against smallpox and all-round good egg, is well known for his… Continue reading

  • Woman and hanged man.

    Executing magic: the healing power of criminal corpses in European popular culture

    05/11/2015

    The next seminar in the 2015–16 History of Pre-Modern Medicine Seminar Series takes place on Tuesday 10th November. Speaker: Professor Owen Davies Executing magic: the healing power of criminal corpses in European popular culture Abstract: The use of criminal corpses in early modern healing… Continue reading