Monthly Archives: February 2018

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 19th February

Next week’s opening hours will be:

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

If you would like to visit the library, please telephone or email us to arrange an appointment.

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

Have a good weekend!

Advertisement for Carter’s Little Liver Pills, c. 1910. 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

New Books: January 2018

Recent arrivals at the Wellcome Unit Library: new books on surgery, syphilis, pregnancy, medical experimentation and global medicine! To consult any of our collections, contact us to arrange your visit to the library.

Keep up with all our new books via LibraryThing: https://www.librarything.com/catalog/WelLibOxford/yourlibrary

 

 

 Lindsey Fitzharris, The butchering art : Joseph Lister’s quest to transform the grisly world of Victorian medicine (London : Allen Lane, 2017)
‘The gripping story of how Joseph Lister’s antiseptic method changed medicine forever’.
Medical schools, operating theatres, hospitals, mortuaries and graveyards provide the setting for Lindsey Fitzharris’s account of Lister’s pioneering discoveries. Fitzharris concentrates on a quarter-century of dramatic change in the practice of surgery, from 1850-1875. Lister’s work on germs and infection in this period brought together science and medicine in a world where recovery from medical operations was often a matter of luck.

Monika Pietrzak-Franger, Syphilis in victorian literature and culture : medicine, knowledge and the spectacle of Victorian invisibility (New York, NY : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2017)
Described as ‘the first large-scale interdisciplinary study of syphilis in late Victorian Britain’, Monika Pietrzak-Franger’s book explores the disease in medical, social, political and cultural contexts, reflecting on how images and discussions of syphilis played a role in constructing individual and collective identities. The study highlights the dichotomy of visibility and invisibility surrounding syphilis: as an invisible virus which could produce highly visible symptoms, a disease which was highly debated in medical circles but difficult to diagnose and treat, and a source of private shame which was publicly referenced in various mediums of literature, art and music.

Mark Jackson (ed.), A global history of medicine (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018)
This book features chapters by specialists on the history of medicine in China, the Islamic World, North and Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, and Australia and New Zealand, with starting and ending chapters framing the discussion. To begin, Mark Jackson discusses a challenge faced by historians of medicine: the need to take a global perspective whilst adequately considering the impact of specific local and temporal conditions. In the final chapter Sanjoy Bhattacharya takes smallpox as a case study for the way  these two dimensions should be integrated, arguing against ‘constrained global histories’ (p.257) which concentrate on powerful official health campaigns and assume worldwide trends but neglect the nuance of regional and local voices.

Jenifer Buckley, Gender, pregnancy and power in eighteenth-century literature: The Maternal Imagination (New York: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2017)
Looking at medical writings, plays, poetry, novels and popular pamphlets, Jenifer Buckley explores the trope of ‘maternal imagination’ in the eighteenth century: the belief that a pregnant woman could use their mind to influence the development of their unborn child. Beginning with the fascinating case of Mary Toft, a woman who claimed to have metamorphosed her unborn baby into a rabbit, Buckley traces the ways in which maternity was viewed as performance in this period. For authors, the idea of maternal imagination linked to debates about gender, power and the interaction between mind and body, and pregnant women became a stage on which these concerns could be addressed.

Deirdre Benia Cooper Owens, Medical bondage : race, gender, and the origins of American gynecology (Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2017])
This new study looks at how the discoveries of nineteenth-century gynaecologists such as John Peter Mettauer, James Marion Sims and Nathan Bozeman were informed by medical experimentation on enslaved black women and Irish immigrant women. Deirdre Benia Cooper Owens tells the stories of these women using a variety of sources including medical journals, oral history interviews, newspapers and hospital records. Cooper Owens looks specifically at the destructive ‘medical fictions’ created to justify exploitation, such as the theory that enslaved black women were more resistant to pain than white women, and more broadly at the ways slavery, medicine and science were intertwined, and how American ideas about race, gender and bodies in this period influenced medical practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Hours w/b 5th February

Our opening hours next week will be:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 2.15pm-5pm
Wednesday: CLOSED due to staff shortage, we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

If you would like to access the library, please telephone or email us to arrange an appointment.

Please note that unfortunately the computers and study table in Room 2 are still unavailable as we are awaiting refurbishment works. However, library users can read their books upstairs in the Wellcome Unit’s lovely Resource Room!

Enjoy your weekend!

‘Doctor Kill’em or Cure’em’; A quack doctor irresponsibly dispensing his potions. Coloured lithograph. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY