Profile: The Wellcome Library

We are one of the world's major resources for the study of medical history. We also offer a growing collection of material relating to contemporary medicine and biomedical science in society.

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Spice of Life: Chillies and the Trouble with Scoville

When a pharmacist tried to develop a scale to measure the heat of chillies, his results ended up lukewarm.
Post by Danny Birchall
Danny works on digital content and commissions for Wellcome Collection. He is currently thinking about the cold war, and the 1918 influenza pandemic.
Wellcome Collection
CC BY 4.0

Category: Food

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The Year of the Dog

Dogs and humans go back a long way. As ‘man’s best friend’, the dog has the reputation of being loyal and enthusiastic – attributes shared by people born in the Chinese Year of the Dog.
Post by Lalita Kaplish, a web editor at Wellcome Collection.
Inspired by Chloe Roberts’ article, published in the Wellcome Library Blog.
Wellcome Collection
CC BY

Category: History

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Harnessing the Power of Baubles and Bling

Humans have been making jewellery since prehistoric times, and we continue to adorn ourselves with charms and trinkets. But why do we wear it? From hairpins that ward off evil, to anklets that alter the way you walk, there's a lot more to self-adornment than simply showing off.
Post by Elissavet Ntoulia, a Visitor Experience Assistant at Wellcome Collection.
Wellcome Collection

Category: History

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Ayurveda: Knowledge for Long Life

The story of medicine in India is rich and complex: shaped by unique challenges and opportunities, and uniting cutting-edge technology with ancient cultural traditions. In her book, In the Bonesetter’s Waiting Room, Aarathi Prasad investigates how Indian medicine came to be the way it is. In this extract she travels to Kerala to explore Ayurveda.
All images Wellcome Collection, CC BY-NC
Wellcome Collection

Category: Health

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Dancing To Heal

Dance has been used to improve health and emotional well-being for centuries, but it wasn't until 1916 that it was accepted as a part of psychotherapy.
Julia Nurse is Collections Researcher at the Wellcome Library. With a background in art history, she has previously worked as Assistant Curator of the Iconographic Collections, and more recently co-curated the content within the refurbished Reading Room.
Wellcome Library Blog, CC by 4.0

Category: Health

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Job Adverts in the 1920s: Twitter meets LinkedIn

Dipping into just a few editions of the Chemist and Druggist in the 1920s reveals intriguing insights into pharmacy employment of the time, an era before equal opportunities legislation.
Wellcome Library
CC BY 4.0

Category: History

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How the Fate of the Rhino is Tied to Medicine

As our collections reveal, the trade in rhinos goes back a long way thanks to a long association with medicine, as well as demand for the exotic.
Wellcom Library
CC BY 4.0

Category: Nature

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Hoarse Remedies

Many plants offered some form of relief for a sore throat– once the curative ingredient had been extracted, distilled, emulsified, dissolved with wine and sugar and then gargled or sucked.

Category: Health

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