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History of Pre-Modern Medicine Seminar Series, Spring 2018

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Medieval distillation workshop

Two women and a man work at distilling the properties of plants and herbs. From Eucharius Rösslin, ‘Kreuterbuch, von natürlichem Nutz…’, 1550 (EPB 5522/D). Image credit: Wellcome Collection: CC-BY.

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 will be focused on pre-modern medicine, which we take to cover European and non-European history before the 20th century (antiquity, medieval and early modern history, some elements of 19th-century medicine). The seminars are open to all.


Tuesday 16 January: Dr Catherine Rider (University of Exeter), ‘Medieval Ideas about Infertility and Old Age’

Tuesday 30 January: Prof Guido Alfani (Bocconi University, Milan), ‘Plague in Italy and Europe during the seventeenth century: epidemiology and impact’

Tuesday 13 February: Dr William Tullet (King’s College London), ‘Smell and Medical Efficacy Eighteenth-Century England’

Tuesday 27 February: Dr Dror Weil (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin), ‘Bodies Translated: The Circulation of Arabo-Persian Physiological Theories in Late Imperial China’

All seminars will take place in the Wellcome Library, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE. Doors at 6pm prompt, seminars will start at 6.15pm.

Organising Committee: Elma Brenner (Wellcome Library), Michael Brown (Roehampton), Elena Carrera (QMUL), Sandra Cavallo (RHUL), John Henderson (Birkbeck, London), William MacLehose (UCL), Anna Maerker (KCL), Patrick Wallis (LSE), Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (Goldsmiths).

Enquiries to Ross MacFarlane (R.MacFarlane@wellcome.ac.uk).

Ross Macfarlane

Ross Macfarlane is the Research Engagement Officer at the Wellcome Library.

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