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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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.
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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.
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.
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
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
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.