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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

  • Broadcasting Health and Disease conference

    25/01/2018

    Broadcasting Health and Disease: Bodies, markets and television, 1950s–1980s An ERC BodyCapital international conference to be held at the Wellcome Trust, 19–21 February 2018 In the television age, health and the body have been broadcasted in many ways: in short… Continue reading

  • Etching showing plague

    Plague in Italy and Europe during the 17th century

    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

  • 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