Opening Hours w/b 7th May

Our opening hours next week will be as follows:

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

If you would like to use the Wellcome Unit Library, contact us by email or telephone to arrange your visit.

Please note that we currently have a section of books (from shelfmarks RC to RM) which have been sent away for conservation treatment. We hope that these will return soon, but in the meantime please do consult SOLO or contact us in advance to check if the books you need are available.

Have a lovely weekend!

‘The Pain-killer Polka Song, an advert for Perry Davis’ Pain Killer by F. Archer, ca. 1899. Wellcome Library no. EPH+57′ . Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

 

Seminars in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology: Week 2, 30th April

Dr Lauren Kassell (University of Cambridge) — The Casebooks Project.
‘The Casebooks Project centres on one of the largest surviving sets of medical records in history. Between 1596 and 1634 the notorious London astrologer, Simon Forman, and his protégé Richard Napier, a shy Buckinghamshire clergyman, recorded 80,000 consultations. A decade ago, we piloted Casebooks with an Excel spreadsheet. Now it is a pioneering digital humanities project with a dataset, a web-based search interface and image viewer framed within explanatory documentation and shaped by a programme of academic and public engagement. As the project nears completion, this talk reflects on its lessons for the histories of science and medicine and its implications for future work in the field.’

Where? History Faculty Lecture Theatre, George Street, Oxford

When? Monday 30th April, 16:00. Tea and coffee will be available in the Common Room from 15.30.

The HSMT Seminar series is convened by Dr Roderick Bailey, Dr Erica Charters, Professor Rob Iliffe and Dr Atsuko Naono, of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine.
All welcome to attend! For more information on this term’s seminars see the Unit’s webpage.

You can find Dr Kassell’s book, Medicine & Magic in Elizabethan London: Simon Forman; astrologer, alchemist, & physician, at the Wellcome Unit Library at shelfmark R489.F585 KAS 2005.
Also available as an ebook here – just log into SOLO for access.

Opening Hours w/b 30th April

Our opening hours next week will be:

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

If you would like to use the library, contact us by email or phone to arrange your visit.

Please note that we currently have a section of books (from shelfmarks RC to RM) which have been sent away for conservation treatment. We hope that these will return soon, but in the meantime please do consult SOLO or contact us to check if the books you require are available.

Have a good weekend!

‘Ague & Fever’, Coloured etching by T. Rowlandson after J. Dunthorne, 1788. ‘Fever, represented as a frenzied beast, stands racked in the centre of a room, while a blue monster, representing ague, ensnares his victim by the fireside; a doctor writes prescriptions to the right’. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

Opening Hours w/b 23rd April

Our opening hours next week will be:

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

If you would like to visit the library, contact us to arrange your appointment.

Please note that we currently have a section of books (from shelfmarks RC to RM) which have been sent away for conservation treatment. If you would like to read a particular book, do consult SOLO or contact us before your visit to check if it is available.

Have a lovely weekend!

‘For the Hot-Headed’, Punch. Caricature illustrating hats to prevent sun-stroke. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

Climate and the Plague: The Astor Lecture in Global Environmental History- Friday 25th May

The Oxford Centre for Global History presents the 2018 Astor Lecture in Global Environmental History:

Professor John L. Brooke (Ohio State University)
‘Climate and the Plague: Toward a Late Holocene Eurasian Synthesis’

Friday 25 May, 5:30pm (followed by drinks)
St Antony’s College – Nissan Lecture Theatre

  All welcome, but registration is essential. For further information and to register, contact global@history.ox.ac.uk 

The history of the bubonic plague – a central question in Eurasian environmental history for decades — has been fundamentally changed by new research in genetics and climate science. Traditionally thought to have been a new disease around the time of the Black Death, genetic analysis now has extended the origins of the plague back first to Plague of Justinian and now deep into the prehistory of arid Central Asia. We now can suggest when and where the bubonic plague emerged, and how shifting climates drove its emergence and epidemic diffusion, entangled with patterns of steppe migrations and trade.

John L. Brooke is an Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor of History and Director of the Center for Historical Research at the Ohio State University, where he also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Anthropology.  He has held fellowships awarded by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Charles Warren Center, and Harvard University.  Building on work with the Tufts University Environmental Studies Program, the OSU History Constellation in Environment, Health, Technology,  And Science, and the National Science Foundation-funded ‘Project on European Health since the Paleolithic’, his most recent book is Climate Change and the Course of Global History: A Rough Journey (CUP 2014).  Examining the long material and natural history of the human condition, his research has pioneered the integration of the earth-system approach of the new climate science with human history.

Opening Hours w/b 16th April

Our opening hours next week will be:

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

If you would like to visit, contact us by phone or email to arrange your appointment.

Please note that we currently have a section of books (from shelfmarks RC to RM) which have been sent away for conservation treatment. If you would like to read a particular book, do consult SOLO or contact us before your visit to check if it is available.

Have a lovely weekend!

‘The Manner of Dissecting the Pestilentiall Body’, from Thomson, George (1619-1677), Loimotomia, or, The pest anatomized, 1666. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

Opening Hours w/b 9th April

The Library’s opening hours next week will be:

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

If you would like to visit, get in touch by phone or email to arrange your appointment.

Please note that we currently have a section of books (from shelfmarks RC to RM) which have been sent away for conservation treatment. If you would like to read a particular book, do consult SOLO or contact us before your visit to check if it is available.

Have a lovely weekend!

Advertisement for the Acroamatic Belt by Dr. Yeldall, 5 Red Lion Square, London. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

Opening Hours w/b 2nd April

Our opening hours next week will be as follows:

Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED for Easter break
Wednesday: 2pm-4.30pm
Thursday & Friday: 2.15pm-5pm

We look forward to welcoming readers back after Easter! If you would like to visit the library, do contact us to arrange your appointment.

‘Illustration of patient visiting a physician, 14th century.’ . Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

Easter Closure: 26th March-3rd April

Due to staff holiday over the Easter period, the Library will be closed from Monday 26th March to Tuesday 3rd April inclusive. We will reopen at 2pm on Wednesday 4th April.

Check back on our Twitter page for further details of opening hours.

Any email enquiries will be answered on our return. Many thanks for your patience!

Medicinal Chocolate! ‘Trade-card ‘Sir Hans Sloane’s Milk Chocolate” . Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

Opening Hours w/b 19th March

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 use the library’s resources, you can contact us by phone or email to arrange your visit.

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

Have an excellent weekend!

‘Parker’s Tonic : the great health and strength restorer’. [Trade card]. New York: Hiscox & Co. [between 1870 and 1879?]. Credit: ‘Ephemera Collection: QV: Advertising: 1850-1.’ Wellcome Collection. CC BY