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  • What might you find in Canary Wharf?

    05/11/2013

    The Association of Medical Microbiologists (AMM) was founded in 1983 to further the science and practice of medical microbiology (a branch of medicine concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases). Amongst the recently catalogued papers of the AMM is a… Continue reading

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    David Galton: early pioneer in chemotherapy treatment

    21/10/2013

    The papers of David Galton (1922-2006), a pioneer of effective chemotherapy treatment for leukaemia and lymphoma, have just been catalogued at the Library. The papers span Galton’s career, documenting early research carried out into the diagnosis and classification of blood… Continue reading

  • ‘One of the great leaders among medical women in India’

    16/10/2013

    We were very excited this summer to be alerted to the existence of surviving correspondence of Margaret Ida Balfour (1866-1945), CBE, MD, CM FRCOG, a medical woman who trained at Edinburgh School of Medicine for Women under Sophia Jex-Blake, qualifying in… Continue reading

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    The Blood is the Life

    07/10/2013

    The Library is delighted to announce a significant addition to our holdings on blood transfusion: the Harrison-Howell Blood Transfusion Collection is now catalogued and available for research. The Harrison-Howell Collection consists of memorabilia relating to the British blood transfusion service,… Continue reading

  • Inside the Machinery of War

    02/10/2013

    Archive cataloguing sometimes unearths some previously unknown gems amongst our collections. This is certainly the case with the papers of father and son Dominique and Félix Larrey (MS.8889), formerly in the autograph letters collection. Dominique Jean Larrey, 1st Baron Larrey… Continue reading

  • Having a ‘typewritten conversation’

    30/09/2013

    The records of the Pioneer Health Centre Peckham, along with the personal papers of its originators, George Scott Williamson and Innes Pearse, came into the Wellcome Library over a period of years from a variety of different sources, having ended up dispersed… Continue reading

  • Uncovering the history of dna sequencing

    27/09/2013

    The newly available collection of Carol Churcher’s papers (GRL/CHU) is a landmark for the Library’s Human Genome Archive Project.  At just two boxes the collection might seem insignificant, but clearly size isn’t everything. This collection represents more than the contents of… Continue reading

  • The Education of Helen Keller

    24/09/2013

    Helen Keller is arguably the most famous disabled person in history. Her extraordinary achievements despite losing both sight and hearing at the age of just 19 months have been the subject of numerous films and books. However, not everyone was… Continue reading

  • Fighting the cold war: David Tyrrell and the common cold

    10/09/2013

    Free 10 Day Autumn or Winter Break: You may not win a Nobel Prize, but you could help find a cure for the common cold In 1946, the Common Cold Unit (CCU) opened its doors to volunteers for a ten-day,… Continue reading

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    Two million milestone for the digital library programme

    03/09/2013

    Since the launch of Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics  in March earlier this year, we have continued to add content to our digital library at a growing pace. Our Medical Officer of Health (MOH) report project has seen nearly 500,000 images… Continue reading