Monthly Archives: March 2013

Wellcome Unit Library unstaffed Friday 22-Monday 25 March

The Wellcome Unit Library will be unstaffed on Friday 22 March and Monday 25 March.

We will be open as normal Tuesday – Thursday 26-28 March, 2.15-5pm.  Please contact us if you would like to visit the Library.

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Easter Weekend Closure

The Wellcome Unit will also be closed over the Easter weekend Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April inclusive.


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New free online history of medicine resources

This week we have come across three new free history of medicine resources on the web:

1) Social History of Medicine – special virtual issue on tuberculosis

shmSHM have published an online special issue on tuberculosis that is free to access until the end of May. This issue includes 9 research articles and 7 book reviews.  Articles include Sunil Amrith on tuberculosis in South Asia in the 1950s and William Johnston’s ‘Genealogy of  Tubercular Disease in Japan.’

Members of Oxford University can access all issues of Social History of Medicine via our online subscription using OxLIP+.

2) Journal of History of Science and Technology online v.6


This free to access online peer-reviewed journal is based in Lisbon, Portugal and publishes articles in English from researchers across the world. The most recent edition includes an article by Carlos Tabernero, Isabel Jiménez-Lucena and Jorge Molero-Mesa on “Scientific–medical knowledge management through media communication practices: a review of two opposite models in early 20th century Spain”.

3) Wellcome Library, London –  Codebreakers: makers of modern genetics


The Wellcome Library in London launched their new online digital resources, which contains over a million pages of books and archives relating to the history of genetics, with more to be added soon.

Codebreakers contains twenty archives including the papers of Francis Crick, James Watson, Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin, as well as archives of the Eugenics Society, made available by kind permission of the Council of the Galton Institute, the papers of J B S Haldane, and the collections of Guido Pontecorvo and his students Malcolm Ferguson-Smith and James Renwick at Glasgow University.

Codebreakers also contains over a thousand digitised books covering the science, history and social and cultural aspects of genetics and related disciplines, mostly from the 20th century.

It is very easy to browse using the timeline function or the topic list, which deliver results directly from their library catalogue.

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New books in the Wellcome Unit Library

book displayWe have had some fascinating new books in the Library over the past few weeks.

Chagas Disease: History of a Continent’s Scourge by Francois Delaporte (Fordham University Press, 2012)
RA644.C26 DEL 2012

Translated by Arther Goldhammer and with a foreword by Todd Myers, this is a translation of the original 1999 French version, La maladie de Chagas.  The rear cover carried praise from Prof William Bynum, describing the book as a ‘skillful dissection’ of Chagas disease (also called American trypsomiasis).  Beginning with the identification of the disease within the social context of late 19th century and early 20th century Brazil to the scientific  criticism around around Chagas’ research and a re-evaluation of the disease.  Thsi volume weaves in analysis of knowledge about the disease was constructed and re-contructed over three decades.

Related books in the Wellcome Unit Library

  •  Forgotten people, forgotten diseases : the neglected tropical diseases and their impact on global health and development by Peter J. Hotez (ASM Press, 2008) at shelfmark RC961 HOT 2008
  • Race, place, and medicine : the idea of the tropics in nineteenth century Brazilian medicine by Julyan G. Beard (Duke University Press, 1999) at shelfmark RC962.B6 PEA 1999
  • The history of yellow fever : an essay on the birth of tropical medicine by François Delaporte (MIT Press, 1991) at shelfmark RC210 DEL 1991

Global Movements, Local Concerns: Medicine and Health in Southeast Asia edited by Laurence Monnais and Harold J. Cook (NUS Press, 2012)
RA5141.S68 GLO 2012

This is an edited volume of 11 conference papers from the 2006 International Conferenc on the History of Medicine in Southeast Asia.  Focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries, the papers cover a variety of topics and diseases.  Chapters include Michael G. Vann on ‘Hanoi in the Time of Cholera: Edpidemic Disease and Racial Power in the Colonial City’ and Yu-Ling Huang on ‘HIV/AIDS Epidemic and the Politics of Access to Medicines in Thailand: A Study of the Health Impact of Globalization.’

Related books in the Wellcome Unit Library

  • Southern medicine for Southern people : Vietnamese medicine in the making edited by Laurence Monnais, C. Michele Thompson and Ayo Wahlberg at shelfmark (Cambridge Scholars, 2012) R644.V52 SOU 2012
  • Death and disease in Southeast Asia : explorations in social, medical and demographic history edited by Norman G. Owen at shelfmark (OUP, 1987) RA541.S68 DEA 1987

Female Sexual Inversion: Same-Sex Desires in Italian and British Sexology, c.1870-1920 by Chiara Beccalossi (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
HQ75.6.I8 BEC 2012

Dr Chiara Beccalossi was a speaker at last term’s Wellcome Unit Seminars on the History of Medicine.  Divided into three parts, the book first introduces the historical context of sexuality in turn of the century Britain and Italy and the formation of the concept of sexual inversion.  Part two examines Italian and British psychiatry, asylums and gynaecology. Finally, part three provides four cases studies, including one on ‘Havelock Ellis and sex psychology’.

Related books in the Wellcome Unit Library

  • Dangerous sexualities : medico-moral politics in England since 1830 by Frank Mort (Routledge, 2nd ed, 2000) at shelfmark HQ32 MOR 2000
  • Hermaphroditism, medical science and sexual identity in Spain, 1850-1960 by Richard Cleminson and Francisco Vázquez García (University of Wales Press, 2009) at shelfmark RC883 CLE 2009
  • Sexual knowledge, sexual science : the history of attitudes to sexuality  edited by Roy Porter and Mikuláš Teich (CUP, 1994) at shelfmark HQ60 SEX 1994

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Wellcome Unit Library opening hours over the coming weeks


Entrance to the Wellcome Unit

The Wellcome Unit Library will be staffed at the following times in the coming two weeks:

  • Monday 4 Mar 2.15-5pm
  • Tuesday 5 Mar 2.15-5pm
  • Wednesday 6 Mar – unstaffed
  • Thursday 7 Mar 2.15-5pm
  • Friday 8 Mar – unstaffed
  • Monday 11 Mar – unstaffed
  • Tuesday – Friday 12-15 Mar, 2.15-5pm

If you would like to make an appointment to visit the library please contact us.

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