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  • The positive side of morning sickness


    Rachael Russell recently completed a PhD at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester, the title of her thesis being ‘Nausea and Vomiting: A History of Signs, Symptoms and Sickness in Nineteenth-Century… Continue reading

  • God and Death looking down on various apocalyptic scenes



    Nina Mitchell is a writer based in Boston, Massachusetts. Her blog, Mindpop.net, chronicles her stroke using Wellcome Images. Follow her on Twitter @mindpop.  I have a story to tell. I had a stroke when I was 26. My mind disappeared… Continue reading

  • Collector of hearts


    Multidisciplinary artist and independent scholar Joanna Ebenstein shares her discoveries from a recent research visit to the Wellcome Library. I had the great pleasure of spending many hours over the past few weeks exploring the Wellcome Library. I came away… Continue reading

  • Spiritualism, Mesmerism and the Occult, 1800-1920


    Dr Shane McCorristine is a Marie Curie Fellow (COFUND, Irish Research Council) at NUI Maynooth and University of Cambridge. McCorristine is an interdisciplinary historian who is currently writing up a project on embodiment and disembodiment in British Arctic exploration. Here… Continue reading

  • Case notes, coal gas and cocaine


    Coal gas, carbolic acid and lysol were the familiar poisons of the day, the household substances that extinguished unhappy lives in the haunted years after the First World War. A less familiar but increasingly notorious poison appears a couple of… Continue reading

  • Houseleeks and Garden Worms


    Dr Katherine Foxhall is a Wellcome Trust Fellow based at King’s College London. She is currently writing a social history of migraine, looking at how ordinary people and physicians have treated and understood migraine from the seventeenth to the twentieth… Continue reading

  • Wellcome Film added to the Medical Heritage Library


      A collaboration among some of the world’s leading medical libraries, the Medical Heritage Library (MHL) promotes free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine. Our goal is to provide the means by which readers and scholars across… Continue reading

  • Bathing with Sheeps’ Heads: The Sick Child in Early Modern England


    Dr Hannah Newton is a Wellcome Trust Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Here, she provides insights into the treatment and experience of childhood illness in the early modern period, and overturns three enduring myths about the history of childhood.… Continue reading

  • Bad Vibrations: The History of the Idea of Music as a Cause of Disease


    Dr James Kennaway is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease at Durham University. Here he describes the development of fears that music can make listeners ill. Everyone has songs they can’t stand,… Continue reading

  • History of Healthcare Curriculum for Excellence Resource


    In the following post, Dr Emma Newlands (Lecturer, University of Strathclyde) discusses the creation of a history of medicine web resource aimed at schools in Scotland.   The History of Health and Healthcare Curriculum for Excellence Resource is a web resource… Continue reading