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  • People viewing medieval manuscripts.

    Close encounters: a manuscripts workshop

    23/04/2018

    A free manuscripts workshop for PhD students at Wellcome Collection, 01 June 2018 Engaging with an artefact from the past is often a powerful experience, eliciting emotional and sensory, as well as analytical, responses. Researchers in the library at Wellcome… Continue reading

  • Chinese medical image

    Arabo-Persian physiological theories in late Imperial China

    22/02/2018

    The last seminar in the 2017–18 History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series takes place on Tuesday 27 February. Speaker: Dr Dror Weil (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin) Bodies translated: the circulation of Arabo-Persian physiological theories in late… Continue reading

  • Woman who lived off smell

    Smell and medical efficacy in 18th-century England

    08/02/2018

    The next seminar in the 2017–18 History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series takes place on Tuesday 13 February. Speaker: Dr William Tullett (Institute of Historical Research, University of London) Smell and medical efficacy in 18th-century England Abstract: In recent years a growing scholarship… Continue reading

  • Etching showing plague

    Plague in Italy and Europe during the 17th century

    25/01/2018

    The next seminar in the 2017–18 History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series takes place on Tuesday 30 January. Speaker: Professor Guido Alfani (Bocconi University, Milan) Plague in Italy and Europe during the 17th century: epidemiology and impact Abstract: After many years of relative… Continue reading

  • Manuscript illustrated with baby in a cradle

    Medieval Ideas about Infertility and Old Age

    12/01/2018

    The next seminar in the 2017–18 History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series takes place on Tuesday 16 January. Speaker: Dr Catherine Rider (University of Exeter) Medieval Ideas about Infertility and Old Age Abstract: When they discussed fertility and reproductive disorders it was common… Continue reading

  • Medieval distillation workshop

    History of Pre-Modern Medicine Seminar Series, Spring 2018

    05/01/2018

    The History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series returns this month. The 2017–18 series – organised by a group of historians of medicine based at London universities and hosted by the Wellcome Library – will conclude with four seminars. The series… Continue reading

  • Vein man in medieval manuscript.

    The archaeology of monastic healing: spirit, mind and body

    17/11/2017

    The next seminar in the 2017–18 History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series takes place on Tuesday 21 November. Speaker: Professor Roberta Gilchrist (University of Reading), ‘The archaeology of monastic healing: spirit, mind and body’ This paper highlights the potential of archaeology to… Continue reading

  • 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

  • Image of alchemical furnaces

    Kitchen alchemy in the 16th century

    01/11/2017

    Since late antiquity, alchemical texts have had a reputation for being difficult to read. Besides often being written in Latin, which automatically limited the readership, these treatises employed a hermetic language, following the tradition of the secrecy of esoteric knowledge.… Continue reading

  • Asian medical image.

    The uses of ox bezoar in pre-modern Japan in ritual and medical practices

    19/10/2017

    The next seminar in the 2017–18 History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series takes place on Tuesday 24 October. Speaker: Dr Benedetta Lomi (University of Bristol), ‘The uses of ox bezoar in pre-modern Japan in ritual and medical practices’ This paper focuses on the therapeutic… Continue reading