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Seminars in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology- Week 3, 22nd October

Dr Marissa Mika (UCL): Archival ethics from below: the case of an African Cancer Hospital

‘At the Uganda Cancer Institute, lines often blur between past and present, sickness and health, life and death. Founded in 1967 as a small chemotherapy clinical trials facility in Kampala, today the Institute’s 60 beds serve a population catchment of over 40 million living in the Great Lakes region of Africa. The Institute houses the only continuous collection of patient records documenting cancer treatment and care on the African continent. This talk considers the temporal, methodological, and ethical challenges of preserving patient records at the Uganda Cancer Institute.’

When? Monday 22nd October 2018, 16:00. Coffee will be available from 15:30.

Where? Lecture Theatre, History Faculty, George Street, Oxford OX1 2RL

All welcome to attend! This term’s HSMT Seminar series is convened by Professor Rob Iliffe and Dr Sloan Mahone, Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology. More information about HSMT events can be found here.

 

Opening Hours w/b 22nd October

In Week 3, we will have slightly revised opening hours, as follows:

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

Our collections covering the history of medicine are available to search on SOLO. If you have not been to the library before and would like to pay us a visit, please contact us in advance by email or phone.

Have a lovely weekend!

A convalescing old lady asking her health visitor if she has recovered from her bout of flu. Wood engraving by Leonard Raven-Hill, in issue of ‘Punch, Or the London Charivari’, 8th May 1912. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

Opening Hours w/b 15th October

In Week 2 our usual opening hours will apply, as follows:

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

Our collections covering the history of medicine are available to search on SOLO. If you are new to the library and would like to visit, please contact us in advance to arrange an appointment.

Have a great weekend!

Colour lithograph after H.M. Bateman, ca. 1950. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

Opening Hours w/b 8th October

The first week of term is approaching, and the Wellcome Unit Library is available for all of your History of Medicine needs!

Our opening hours for Week 1 are as follows:

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

Our collections are available to search on SOLO. If you would like to consult anything in the library, do contact us in advance by phone or email to arrange your visit.

Dr Williams’ ‘Pink Pills’ were advertised as an iron rich tonic for the blood and nerves to treat anaemia, clinical depression, poor appetite and lack of energy. The tablets were originally advertised as “Pink Pills for Pale People”. Users of the product claimed the pills could even cure paralysis. The patent for the pills was bought by an American politician, Senator George T Fulford (1852-1905) in 1890. Fulford made the product an international success. Credit: Science Museum, London. CC BY

Opening Hours w/b 1st September

Next week is induction week, when we welcome new undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to Oxford, including a brand new cohort of the Wellcome Unit’s MSc History of Science, Medicine and Technology!

Please note that due to induction timetabling, the library will have reduced opening hours as follows:

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

We’ll be back to our usual opening hours in Week 1 of Michaelmas Term.
Have a lovely weekend!

‘Showcard advertising Merital quinine compound tablets.’ 1920s-1950s. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

Opening Hours w/b 17th September

Our opening hours next week will be:

Monday: 2.15pm-5pm
Tuesday: 2.15pm-5pm
Wednesday: 2pm-4.30pm
Thursday: 2.15pm-5pm
Friday: CLOSED due to staff holiday

If you have any queries about library collections, or wish to make an appointment to visit, do contact us by email or phone.

Have a lovely weekend!

‘Advert for Ruspini’s balsamic styptic’ . Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

Opening Hours w/b 10th September

Our opening hours next week will be as follows:

Monday: CLOSED due to staff holiday
Tuesday: 2.15pm-5pm
Wednesday: 2pm-4.30pm
Thursday: 2.15pm-5pm
Friday: 2.15pm-5pm

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

Have an excellent weekend!

‘Printed advert for ‘Anodyne Necklace” . Handwritten date: Sept 1766. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

Vacation Opening Hours: July and August 2018

During the Long Vacation, the Wellcome Unit Library will be staffed at the following times:

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 2.15pm-5pm
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 2.15pm-4.30pm
Friday: CLOSED

We will be closed from the 6th-20th August inclusive for our summer break. Stay tuned to our blog and Twitter for further updates to opening hours.

During our closed days, please note that collections for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology can also be found at:
The Radcliffe Science Library http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science
Bodleian Library Upper Reading Room http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/bodley/finding-resources/rooms/urr
The History Faculty Library http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/history

As always, if you would like to use the library please contact us to arrange an appointment.

We wish you a wonderful summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 18th June

Our opening hours next week will be as follows:

Monday: 2.15pm-4.30pm
Tuesday: 2.15pm-5pm
Wednesday & Thursday: CLOSED due to staff holiday
Friday: 2.15pm-5pm

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

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

Have a lovely weekend!

‘Anatomical Fugitive Sheets, Summer, c. 1620’ . One of four anatomical fugitive sheets, each associated with a season of the year and other scientific or moral matters. Credit: Property of Duke University Medical Center Library, Trent Collection, History of Medicine Collections, Durham, NC. CC BY