A "highly respected" Ohio state senator got married at middle age to a "young and beautiful, but very vain and extravagant woman." This once "prominent, useful and influential member of the Presbyterian Church" began to drink and "became a common drunkard." He committed a crime, was incarcerated and subsequently underwent a religious conversion. The article noted that the "woman who had been the cause of his downfall and the ruin of his reputation, deserted him …" Source: Nashville Union and… »
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, better known as Moliere
In 17th and 18th Century France, there were an extraordinary number of men and women artists that emerged, making a name for themselves. They were poets, fabulists, painters, playwrights, actors, composers and writers. Some of the writers became the foundation for the L’Académie Français, which was established in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu, the chief minister to King Louis XIII. The Académie is the most distinguished learned body on matters pertai… »
This spring, American Crises, a second-year module that explored US history from 1775 to 1968, ran for the first time. Structuring the course proved extremely difficult. Although I had been warned by friends, colleagues and my own common sense that I could not possibly cover 193 years of social, political, military, economic, and cultural history in twelve lectures and twelve seminars, I darn sure tried.
My experience has led me to revise several aspects of module, but one that will remain is t… »
Angelique du Coudray’s fabric womb – "Angélique Marguerite Le Boursier du Coudray (c. 1712–1794) was an influential, pioneering midwife. In 1759 the king commissioned her to teach midwifery to Uncategorized Angelique du Coudray, France, Medicine, Midwife, Womb 1700s
Celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the climbing of Everest have a strong science and technology theme. It’s important not to forget the small or everyday things too, because in this environment even the simplest technology – like a razor – can be crucial
For the want of a nail the shoe was lost For the want of the shoe the horse was lost For the want of the horse the rider was lost For the want of the rider the message was lost For the want of the message the battle was lost For the want of »
In the coda to her wonderful study, Songs of Ourselves: The Uses of Poetry in America (Harvard, 2007) Joan Shelley Rubin considers what the responses to Robert Pinsky’s “Favorite Poem Project” suggest about how poetry is (still) useful and meaningful for [...]
A review of The West Riding Lunatic Asylum and the Making of the Modern Brain Sciences in the Nineteenth Century, by Michael Anthony Finn.
“We are all phrenologists today,” observed James Crichton-Browne (1840-1938) in 1924 in his monograph The Story of the Brain. “We have come to accept all the cardinal principles upon which the phrenologists insisted” (p. 199). It was an extraordinary remark made by an extraordinary man – one whose long life spanned an equally extraordinary century of discove… »
Weill Cornell Medical Center under construction. Photograph by Sigurd Fischer, c. 1932.
Medical Center Archives of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell is pleased to become a contributor to the Medical Heritage Library. A digitization micro-grant from the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) has funded the digitization of historical annual reports from both the New York Hospital and the Lying-in Hospital of the City of New York, as well as announcements from the Weill Cornell Medical Co… »
I’m going to a workshop next week. It’s called ‘HumSci’, and it’s about the connections between the sciences and the humanities. But we’re not going to look at how people in the humanities can study science, or how scientists can … Continue reading →
DearREADERS, Now’s your chance to pay it forward! There is a new joint venture between FamilySearch and the Maryland Archives. Beginning in June, FamilySearch will digitize the Wills and Probate Records located at the Archives building in Annapolis. Records from Caroline, Carroll and Baltimore counties will be imaged. Some of these county records span from the mid-1800′s to mid 1900′s.
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I’ve been thinking a lot about imaginary body parts recently. The Queen’s Gallery is opening a new exhibition of the anatomical drawings of Leonardo da Vinci in May; put it on your ‘to do’ list if you are
By Joel Harrington (W&M Regular Contributor) Rare is the human society, past or present, in which drinking alcohol has not served a variety of purposes. Naturally we think of relaxation and celebration, and of course the lubricating role of drink in
With 2 months to go until the start of the International Congress, Alexander Hall and James Sumner let us know what’s in store for attendees at the biggest history of science event of the year:
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Stonework for the Wellcome Research Institute building, 1931.
Following on from our earlier announcement about the Wellcome Collection Development Project, we can now give you more details about the works which will be taking place from 20 June.
We’ll have to make some changes to our opening hours and services during the building works which will run September 2014. We’ll be doing everything we can to keep you informed of the changes and assist you in making the best use of your time on your Li… »
In this lesson, students explore the historical context of Walt Whitman’s concept of "democratic poetry" by reading his poetry and prose and by examining daguerreotypes taken circa 1850. Next, students will compare the poetic concepts and techniques behind Whitman’s "I Hear America Singing" and Langston Hughes’ "Let America Be America Again," and have an opportunity to apply similar concepts and techniques in creating a poem from their own experience.
By Rebecca Laroche, with Hillary Nunn
In recent months, as part of our continuing exploration of the unique and marvelous manuscript at the College of Physicians, Hillary Nunn and I have been examining the nature of sources as they are or are not delineated in the collection. Whether divine (12/03/2013) or noble (09/04/2013) in origin, each recipe has revealed something about the nature of the overall collection at the same time it makes connections to other manuscripts in other repositories. T… »
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Gove and the History Curriculum: What kind of Island Story
Michael Gove has an upper second degree in English from Oxford, which while is certainly does not prevent him from commenting on and having an opinion about history, does not particularly make him an authority on the subject.
Yet Gove, as Education Secretary in a Coalition Government, has loomed large in discussions about school history.
This is what he wrote in October 2010:
One of the under-app… »
By Glennda Bayron
A rachitic skeleton, measuring two feet two inches in length (1749). Credit: Wellcome Library, London.
In Mrs. Jane Baber’s cookbook (Wellcome MS 108), there is a medicinal recipe “For the Ricketts” tucked between a recipe to treat rheumy eyes and another for preserving raspberries. For many of the medicinal recipes in early modern receipt books, there is often no clear modern disease correlation, but rickets has again recently started to become more common in the western wo… »
In preparation for the next Year 9 assessment which is on the causes of the Second World War in cartoons, I have created these resources based on appeasement and the Munich Agreement. The aim of the lesson is for students to know the arguments for and against appeasement and explore the different arguments through cartoons which offer alternative interpretations.
The PowerPoint goes through the key points of appeasement and the arguments for and against. Then three cartoon sources are examined…. »
A growing number of psychiatrists suspect mental conditions are ‘culture-bound syndromes’ rather than exclusively biological
The latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – DSM 5 – was published over the weekend. Produced by the American Psychiatric Association, it describes the symptoms of a vast range of mental illnesses and is intended as a guide to diagnosis.
Why should we in the UK care? Simple: the political dominance of the US means that as soon as a men… »
Over the past few months, as I learned more and more about the use of quicksilver in eighteenth-century chemistry and medicine, I became increasingly curious about the origins of all this mercury. The chemistry of the eighteenth century was a science of materials, materials that allowed various ways of inquiry: descriptions were made, technological possibilities explored and philosophical reasoning applied. However, we should not forget that in early classical chemistry, all chemical substances… »
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Browne sought to partner empirical observation with his Anglican faith, yet we can also learn from the one time he failed to do so
One of the major weaknesses of the "new atheism" is that it sometimes fails to understand the lived experience of quiet, happy faith. It is also baffled by the fact that intelligent people, with scientific and scholarly interests, have lived their life without religious doubts, content with what they were taught. The 17th-century writer and mystic Thomas Browne is f… »
By Martin Mahony, University of East Anglia
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established in 1988 with the aim of delivering top-quality scientific assessments of climate change, its impacts on human societies, and potential political responses. So far, four assessment reports have been produced which have arguably been central to driving climate change up the political agenda. With steadily increasing levels of surety, the physical reality of the greenhouse effect and of… »
Traditional Thai medicine is a holistic discipline involving extensive use of indigenous herbal and massage/pressure treatment combined with aspects of spirituality and mental wellbeing. Having been influenced by Indian and Chinese concepts of healing, traditional Thai medicine understands disease not as a physical matter alone, but also as an imbalance…
JF Ptak Science Books Quick Post [The equation in question is at bottom-left; full explanation here.] I came across an article while researching a work by H.P. Robertson–Lectures on Relativity (Princeton 1935)–and it is much more interesting than what I…
By Sarah Marks
These images were produced by experimental subjects taking part in the ‘Experimental Psychosis’ project at the Prague Psychiatric Research Institute in the late 1950s and 1960s. The research programme, headed by psychiatrist Miloš Vojtěchovský, involved EEG monitoring and the analysis of creative graphic output (paintings, charcoal and ink drawings, among others) of healthy individuals under the influence of a variety of psychotropic drugs (including psilocybin, mescaline, adre… »
Arthur Lovejoy (1873-1962), proponent of one version of the history of ideas
One of the drums I like to beat is that historians’ methodological toolkit is well developed, but that we do not use this toolkit as cooperatively and as productively as we might. Part of making good use of tools is having good terminology, which helps us to understand and talk about what tools we have and what they’re good for, and how they can be used selectively and in chorus with each other. It also helps avoid n… »
There’s an unfortunate lack of books that a) comprehensively cover Native American history, b) do so in a way that is respectful of Native people, c) illustrate why Native American history is important, and d) are actually readable and accessible by the general public. But I’ve attempted to cobble together some kind of list of recommendation, aimed at people who are interested in learning more about Native history but don’t really know where to start, with a heavy emphasis on why and how Native… »
There is a major difference between the traditional scholar’s questions about the past – ‘What happened in history, when and why?’ – and the question that has, in the last 40 years or so, come to inspire a growing body of historical research: namely, ‘How do or did people feel . . .
“To form a more perfect union” in 1787, certain compromises were made in the Constitution regarding slavery. This settled the slavery controversy for the first few decades of the American republic, but this situation changed with the application of Missouri for statehood in 1819.