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  • L0059573 Glass phial of British Standard penicillin, London, England,
Credit: Science Museum, London. Wellcome Images
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British Standard penicillin was defined as one milligram of penicillin containing 1,600 International Units. An International Unit is defined as the potency or activity of a drug. The standard was set by the National Institute for Medical Research. International Standards were set in 1944 and in 1952. Standardisation of drugs such as penicillin is important to ensure the quantity and quality produced and given to patients is consistent all over the world.

maker: National Institute for Medical Research

Place made: London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
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    The ‘stuff that almost brings people back from the dead’

    06/01/2017

    An exhibition to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first human trials of penicillin has recently opened at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford. ‘Back From The Dead‘ traces the “miraculous and precarious” nature of antibiotics from the… Continue reading

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    Notions of asylum and beyond

    25/11/2016

    We’ve invited Mike Jay, curator of the exhibition ‘Bedlam: the asylum and beyond’, to take over the Library Blog as guest editor for a series of blog posts inspired by the notion of ‘asylum’ and our own digitised mental health… Continue reading

  • Image from Apocalypse manuscript.

    The Apocalypse arrives in America!

    17/11/2016

    The Wellcome Apocalypse (MS. 49) is currently on loan to the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, and features in their latest exhibition, ‘A feast for the senses: art and experience in medieval Europe’. The Apocalypse is a beautiful, richly… Continue reading

  • L0040149 Horoscope from 'The book of birth of Iskandar"
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Detail showing a planet in the house of Pisces, from the Horoscope from 'The book of birth of Iskandar"
c.1411 The book of the birth of Iskandar, {European foliation, L to R}.
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    The horoscope of Iskandar Sultan

    11/11/2016

    An exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, ‘Power and Protection‘ is “the first major exhibition to explore the supernatural in the art of the Islamic world”.  The exhibition also offers a rare chance to see one of the highlights of the… Continue reading

  • John Dee's crystal.

    John Dee’s crystal

    19/07/2016

    John Dee (1527–1609) is a man who continues to fascinate us today. As discussed in a previous post, Dee was involved in a large and varied number of activities. He advised Queen Elizabeth I on astrological and scientific matters, published… Continue reading

  • L0021548 Cassas, received by an Arab chief in the

    Witness to Palmyra: Louis François Cassas

    18/04/2016

    The exhibition of a scale model of a destroyed arch from Palmyra in Trafalgar Square, London, from tomorrow (19 April 2016) is the latest episode in a long tradition. That tradition consists of attempts, through the prevailing media of the… Continue reading

  • M0005648 Saint Blaise's Candles

    St Blaise the throat blesser

    14/04/2016

    With the opening of the This Is A Voice exhibition in Wellcome Collection, it is timely to take a look at voice-related curiosities within the Wellcome Library. The story of St Blaise offers a good starting point. Like many saints,… Continue reading

  • Painting of John Dee.

    ‘Doctor’ Dee: John Dee and medical practice

    08/04/2016

    John Dee (1527–1609) was a true Renaissance polymath. He pursued many different branches of learning, including medicine. The current Royal College of Physicians (RCP) exhibition, ‘Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee’, explores Dee’s life and legacy through… Continue reading

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    The archival afterlife of an artwork

    15/02/2016

    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

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    Western mandalas in the Cary Baynes archive

    21/01/2016

    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