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The History of Medicine Library is closed with immediate effect

Following guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England, The Bodleian Libraries will be closed until further notice. The health, welfare and safety of readers and staff is our number one priority. This policy will also apply to the History of Medicine Library, again until further notice.

Please do check the Bodleian webpage ( https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ ) and Bodleian Twitter ( https://twitter.com/bodleianlibs ) for the latest information.

Though the Bodleian’s scan-and-deliver service will now apply (where possible, and within copyright limits) to open-shelf books, this will not be possible for books held only in the History of Medicine Library, as both Bethan and George will have either to work from home or work at the Central site as appropriate. You will still be able to access green electronic resources via SOLO, using your Single Sign-On login; more information and any updates or changes to e-resources will be posted at https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/finding-resources/online-resources

Some of our e-resources providers will be extending provision and number of logins to cope with these unprecedented times. At the moment, however, we do not anticipate any possibility of making Electronic Legal Deposit items (by law, only available on Bodleian Libraries computers) available elsewhere, for which we apologise. If this changes, updates will be put on the online resources page.

There is now a COVID-19 tab on the ebooks libguide, which will contain more up-to-the-minute changes to provision: https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/e-books/covid-19

We will be monitoring the Library inbox of course, so if you have any questions you can contact us either at historyofmedicine@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or direct to bethan.jenkins@bodleian.ox.ac.uk and we will help where and when we can.

Please do what you are able to stay safe! Take care out there.

Bethan and George

Seminars in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology (Hilary Term, Week 2)

Who? This lecture will be given by Dr Taline Garibian.

What? ‘Proving violence: forensics and war crimes during the First World War’

Where? History Faculty Lecture Theatre, George Street, Oxford

When? Monday 27th January 2020, 16:00.

This lecture has been organised by the Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology as part of the Seminars in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology series.

All welcome to attend!

Seminars in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology – Week 5, 11th November

Who? Next Monday’s seminar will be given by Professor Harvey Brown (University of Oxford), who will be speaking about ‘What was Einstein’s real achievement in his 1905 theory of special relativity?’

What? ‘Several years before Einstein published his 1905 theory of special relativity, ether theorists had essentially discovered the main relativistic effects predicted by the theory: length contraction, time dilation and the relativity of simultaneity. In this lecture I will argue that Einstein’s work was more than a novel exercise in packaging (providing a “principle” rather than “constructive” approach). It also introduced a completely unprecedented way of understanding the physical meaning of the mathematics of motion.’

Where? History Faculty Lecture Theatre, George Street, Oxford

When? Monday 11th November 2019, 16:00.

This lecture has been organised by the Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology as part of the Seminars in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology series.

All welcome to attend!

Opening hours w/b 14th October

To our new students: Welcome! To our returning students: Welcome back!

We hope you have a wonderful Michaelmas term.

Our opening hours in Week 1 will be:

Monday: Unstaffed
Tuesday: 2.15pm-5pm
Wednesday: 2.15pm-4.30pm
Thursday and Friday: 2.15pm-5pm

The Library’s books on the history of medicine are available to search on SOLO, or you can view our newest arrivals on LibraryThing! New readers are always welcome; if you would like to visit please contact us by email or phone to arrange your appointment.

Have a splendid weekend!

A sailor being toasted by a group of his friends in a tavern as he is about to depart for New Zealand. Pencil, ink and wash, by S. Jenner. Credit: Wellcome CollectionCC BY

So long, farewell…

Today our Library Assistant for the past two years, Mary, leaves the unit library for a new job as Senior Library Assistant with our colleagues at the Radcliffe Camera! We are incredibly sad to lose her cheery and helpful presence around the library, but wish her all the best in her new post – we’re sure she will be fantastic!A wife sending her husband away on holiday in order to pursue an affair with a "nerve specialist" who has got the husband out of the way by recommending a change of scene for him. Colour process print, c. 1920.

Opening Hours w/b 25th June

The library will be open next week at the following times:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 2.15pm-5pm
Wednesday: 2pm-4.30pm

If you would like to visit the library, do contact us by email or phone to make an appointment.

Our books from shelfmarks RC to RM have now returned to the library following conservation treatment. However, please excuse our slightly jumbled state over the next week as we rearrange our shelves! If you find that a book you need isn’t in the right place on the shelf, let a member of staff know and we will locate it for you.

Have a great weekend!

Ayer’s Cherry Pectoral Trade Card, Lowell, Mass. : Dr. J.C. Ayer & Co., [between 1870 and 1879?]. This medicine contained opium or morphine which were on sale legally at the time in America. It was supposed to rapidly cure “colds, coughs, sore throat, influenza, laryngitis, quinsy, hoarseness, croup, bronchitis, asthma and catarrh” and provide relief from whooping cough and consumption. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

Opening Hours w/b 26th February

Our opening hours next week will be:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 2.15pm-5pm
Wednesday: 2pm-4.30pm

If you would like to use our collections, please contact us to arrange a visit to the library.

Please note that unfortunately the computers and study table in Room 2 are unavailable due to ongoing refurbishment works. However, books are still accessible and library users can read them in the Wellcome Unit’s lovely Resource Room!

Enjoy the weekend!

‘Advert for Beaufoy & Co., 1840.’ . Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

Opening Hours w/b 12th February

The Library’s opening hours next week will be:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 2.15pm-5pm
Wednesday: 2pm-4.30pm

Please note that our ongoing refurbishment of Library Room 2 means that the study space is still out of action and there are no Reader PCs available. However, readers are welcome to use the Unit’s excellent Resource Room to consult our books!

If you’d like to visit us, call or email to arrange an appointment.

Have a lovely weekend!

‘Love Sick. The Doctor Puzzled’. ‘A baffled doctor taking the pulse of a love-sick young woman, her maid slips a billet-doux secretly into her hand. Coloured lithograph.’ . Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

Opening hours w/b 8th January

The Wellcome Unit Library will soon be opening again after our Christmas break!

Our opening hours for next week will be:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 2.15pm-5pm
Wednesday: 2pm-4.30pm

If you would like to consult any of the library’s materials, please contact us to arrange your visit.

We wish you a Happy New Year and a lovely weekend!

‘A maid bringing medicine and soup to her master who has a cold. Lithograph, 1857, after W.H. Simmons after J. Collinson.’ by James Collinson. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY