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  • Dr Eady–from Soho to Beverly Hills

    18/08/2011

    Watercolour by Thomas Rowlandson, ca. 1825. Wellcome Library no. 726498i The Wellcome Library in London has acquired a watercolour by Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827). Yes, without apology, yet another work by Rowlandson has been added to the large number of prints… Continue reading

  • Spearman and Intelligence

    16/08/2011

    The papers of influential British psychologist Charles Edward Spearman (1863-1945) were deposited in the Wellcome Library by the British Psychological Society in 2008. They are once more available to the public, now accompanied by a new expanded catalogue (PSY/SPE). Charles… Continue reading

  • Happy 200th Birthday, William Makepeace Thackeray

    18/07/2011

    William Makepeace Thackeray, Victorian novelist probably best known for his panoramic work Vanity Fair and its anti-heroine, Becky Sharp, was born in Calcutta on 18 July 1811. While his work does not, on the whole, reflect the medical profession of… Continue reading

  • Sir Isaac Newton in Herefordshire

    05/07/2011

    Isaac Newton by James Thornhill. Wellcome Library no. 45765i Stoke Court, at Stoke Edith in Herefordshire, was a large and imposing house built between 1696 and 1704 by the Foley family, descendants of the ironmasters Richard Foley (1580-1657) and Thomas… Continue reading

  • Item of the Month, June 2011 – “An important alchemical manuscript…”

    28/06/2011

    This year’s Manchester International Festival sees the premier of a new opera, based on the life of the Elizabethan mathematician, astrologer and alchemist, John Dee. We’ve already tweeted about the Opera and flagged up some Dee-related items from our collections.… Continue reading

  • Looking at Sir James Young Simpson

    07/06/2011

    As today is the 200th anniversay of the birth of Sir James Young Simpson, we did think of marking the day by highlighting the works in our collections written by him, which reflect not just his pioneering work in the… Continue reading

  • Studying the stomach

    01/06/2011

    Had not been for an encounter with a fur trapper, it is likely that William Beaumont (1785-1853) (pictured left) would have been just another surgeon in the United States army whose name was lost to posterity. As a result of… Continue reading

  • Archives and Manuscripts cataloguing, March 2011

    06/04/2011

    Last month’s archive cataloguing saw the release of three complete archive collections, as well as various manuscripts and supplementary items. The highlights are described below. John Wilson Boag (1911-2007), radiation physicist and peace campaigner: papers of the influential radiation physicist… Continue reading

  • Arguing on the telephone

    07/03/2011

    On this day in 1876, one hundred and thirty five years ago, Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone that he had spent the previous two years developing. Obviously since that day the telephone has been used as widely by medical… Continue reading

  • Stella Browne in the archives at the Wellcome Library

    04/02/2011

    This week my biography of Stella Browne, early twentieth century British feminist sex radical and socialist, was published by I B Tauris: The Life and Times of Stella Browne: Feminist and Free Spirit. While it contains the fruit of extensive… Continue reading