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History of Medicine Podcasts

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Pulse Project podcasts

Oxford Brookes University’s Pulse Project has recently published a new batch of podcasts  on the history of medicine.  They are recordings from last semester’s “Psychiatry in the Public and Private Spheres” series by the Centre for Health, Medicine, and Society.  Here are the details of the podcasts:

•1st Seminar: Dan Healey (University of Reading ), “Disabled Prisoners in the Stalin-era Gulag (1930-1953).” 5 February 2013.

•2nd Seminar: Tracey Loughran (Cardiff University), “‘You are a hero’: Masculinity and will in British medical discourse on shell-shock, c. 1914-1920.” 19 February 2013.

•3rd Seminar: Thomas Müller (University of Ulm at Ravensburg), “Medical History, the Historian’s Reality and the Public: The Example of National Socialist Psychiatry.” 5 March 2013.

•4th Seminar: Louise Hide (Birkbeck, University of London), “Rats Biting, Worms Crawling, Devils at Work: Can recorded delusions provide historians with insight into the subjective experiences of asylum patients?” 19 March 2013.

•5th Seminar:  Linda Reeder (University of Missouri), The Means to An End: Psychiatry and the Significance of Marriage in Liberal Italy.” 16 April 2013.

•6th Seminar: Waltraud Ernst (Oxford Brookes University), “Colonialism and Transnational Psychiatry: The Case of the Ranchi Indian Mental Hospital, c. 1925-1940.” 30 April 2013.

Other History of Medicine podcasts

Birkbeck Pain Project’s podcasts on “Pain and its meanings” (7-8 December 2012) and a number of other podcasts from earlier events organised by the project.

University College Dublin’s podcasts from the “Healthcare systems, regional and comparative perspectives in Britain and Ireland, 1850-1960” conference (8-9 June 2012)

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Sick City podcasts on Sound Cloud

Sick City Talks [on London] which form part of a Wellcome Trust funded project on  the history, literature, art and science of medicine in London.

National Archives have various podcasts on the history of medicine and health, including Hamish Maxwell-Stewart on “Morbidity and mortality on convict voyages to 19th century Australia” and Julie Anderson’s “From wheelchair polo to winning professionals: the history of the Paralympics”

The Northern Centre for the History of Medicine, Newcastle University has a Pybus Podcast Collection of recording from the Pybus Seminar Series.

Related Links More free online resources lists on the HSMTOxford Delicious page



Online history of medicine resources

Sick City podcasts

During the summer we do have slightly more limited opening hours to cover staff leave and training.  However, there are lots of online history of medicine resources that can still be accessed, even when you are not in the library.  Here are some of our favourites.

Online resources – for University members

There are a wealth of online resources that can be accessed on and off campus.  University members can access Oxford’s journal and database subscriptions via OxLIP+ and can search for ebooks on the SOLO library catalogue (limit search results to online resources only).

Starr’s Brain Surgery (1893) from Medical Heritage Library

Online resources – free access for all

There are also a wealth of free online resources that University members and non-members alike can access.  Search for primary sources in the Medical Heritage Library, which includes over 10000 digitised rare books.  Example titles include an 1880 printing of Culpeper’s Complete Herbal and Hunter’s Lectures on the Principles of Surgery.

The Bibliotheque Numerique Medica is another fascinating digital library.  It includes profiles and digitised works by figures such as Ambroise Pare and Felix Vicq-d’Azyr and themed sections on medical specialities such as dermatology and veterinary medicine as well as many more.

(c) Dr Alun Withey

This week there have also been a number of interesting new blogs and podcasts. Here are our top 3:

1) Dr Alun Withey on the history of spectacles.  He also links out to another blog post of the use of puppies in medicine.

2) The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice on wandering wombs

3) Sick City’s latest podcast – their seventh guided walk around London

You can find out about more of our favourite online free resources via our Oxford HSMT Delicious page and see our latest new book purchases on LibraryThing.

Related Links: Oxford HSMT Delicious | Wellcome Unit LibraryThing new books catalogue | SOLO | OxLIP+

Free online History of Medicine podcasts from pulse-project.org

We have just added the website Pulse-Project.org to our HSMT Oxford Delicious page.  The Pulse Project offers dozens of podcasts and video lectures on the sciences and medical humanities. 

The lectures have been drawn from international conferences on The Disease Within: Confinement in Europe, 1400-1800 (Oxford Brookes), Health and Society: Private and Public Medical Traditions in Greece and the Balkans (1453-1920) (Athens), The History of Medicine Museum in Past and Present (Budapest), Eugenics, Race and Psychiatry in the Baltic States (Riga) and Greater Romania’s National Projects (Oxford Brookes).   

There are also guest lectures from courses at Oxford Brookes University, such as Charles Webster’s recent lecture to undergraduates on The British NHS: Brave New Worlds? and Alan Hawley on Minds at War: War Psychiatry since World War One

Related links: Pulse-Project.org | HSMT Oxford Delicious page

Top 5 websites for the history of medicine – January 2012

Over the past few weeks, staff at the Library have come across a number of interesting online resources – podcasts, articles, websites and blogs that we have added to our Delicious list of links.  All of them are free to access.  If you have any favourite resources then please leave a comment.  Here are our current top 5:

1)      Chirurgeon’s apprentice

This website describes itself as ‘dedicated to a study of early modern chirurgeons, and all the blood and gore that comes with it.’  The site was created by Lindsey Fitzharris, who is currently a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London.  It contains a series of casebooks covering a variety of topics, such as vivisection, blood letting and the reaction of medical students to dissection.

2)      Waterloo 200

This site has been set up to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, in the run up to its 200th anniversary.   Along, with Q&A and education sections, an area of the site is dedicated to articles about the battle.  An article of particular interest is ‘Surgeon George James Guthrie, Wellington’s combat surgeon’, written by MKH Crumplin (Hon. Curator at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and archivist to the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland).  Crumplin traces the early life and education of Guthrie as a military doctor, his time as a surgeon in military campaigns and his career as a civilian doctor after 1815.  If this article whets your appetite, Crumplin’s book Guthrie’s War: a surgeon of the Peninsula and Waterloo (2010) can be requested from the Bodleian’s book stacks to consult in the Bodleian Libraries Reading Rooms.  His 2005 book A surgical artist at war is also available to consult the Wellcome Unit Library (shelfmark R489.B38 CRU 2005) .

3)      Archives Hub – The Heritage of our Medical Profession

The Archives Hub acts as a gateway that gathers together information about archives held in UK institutions.  The Hub is currently adding information about the archives held by British Royal Medical Colleges.  So far, it has added descriptions for the archives of Royal College of Surgeons of England, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and more are to follow.  Although many of these collections of archives have not been digitised, the Hub descriptions give details about the scope and content of the physical collections held by the institutions.   For instance, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow holds the student notes taken in Dr Robert Watt’s lectures on fevers in 1812.  The Hub also has sections dedicated to Tuberculosis and Charles Darwin.

4)      National Archives Podcast – Anxiety, dread and disease: British ports 1834-1870

Sarah Hutton, a modern domestic records specialist at The National Archives, delves into the archives to investigate the spread of disease in British port towns in the 19th century.  Using examples of cholera outbreaks in the north of England, she explores how reactions to cholera differed when the disease was deemed to have arrived on incoming ships.  This lecture demonstrates the value of the vast collections available at the National Archives.

5)       Pybus Podcasts

This second set of podcasts had been created by the Northern Centre for the History of Medicine, which is a partnership between Durham Univerity and Newscastle University, supported by the Wellcome Trust.  Six podcasts of public seminars have been recorded and are available to listen online or download.  Topics include ‘The Drug Trade in Colonial India by Dr Nandini Bhattacharya (University of Leicester) and ‘Madness and Passions in Early Modern Spain by Dr Elena Carrera (Queen Mary, University of London).