by Andy Brown
Plaster cast crucifixion of the body of James Legg, Chelsea pensioner, hanged for murder Nov 2, 1801, by Thomas Banks (1735-1805), Image Courtesy of The Royal Academy.
I’m here to settle an artists’ debate –
this seventy-three-year-old body deposed
from the scaffold and hammered to a cross;
cut down from the gallows and harshly flayed
to put the artists’ doubtful minds at rest:
the sculptor Banks, the painters Cosway, West.
Gentlemen! Let me help you put it straight:
The Center for the History of Medicine presents: The True Story of a Government-Ordered Book-Burning in America: Wilhelm Reich’s Books and Journals, and What Was in Them?
James E. Strick, Ph.D.:
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Earth & Environment, and of Technology & Science, Franklin and Marshall College, and
Filmmaker, Associate Director of The Wilhelm Reich Museum, and Board Member of The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust
In 1956 and 1960, the US g… »
Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education, McLean Hospital and the Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, present:
Colloquium on the History of Psychiatry and Medicine “Boundary Disputes Between British Psychiatry and Neurology”
Stephen T. Casper, Ph.D.: Associate Professor, History of Science, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Clarkson University
The last in a series of four lectures given as the 2014 Colloquium on the History of Psychiatry and M… »
With apologies for the tortured reference to our previous post on medieval owls! Regular readers will know that this blog has an ongoing series about animals in medieval manuscripts; our menagerie so far has included dogs, cats, beavers, hedgehogs, elephants, and more. To shake things up in time for the…
The Center for the History of Medicine and the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership present:
Death and Diversity in Civil War Medicine
Margaret Humphreys, Ph.D.: Professor of Medicine and History, Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine, Duke University, and current President of the American Association for the History of Medicine
This talk explores the reasons for the widely divergent death rates from disease among white Union troops, white Confeder… »
Photographic Histories of Psychology One-day postgraduate symposium 25 November 2014, Trinity House (building number 35 on the DMU campus-map) Registration now open registration fee include sandwich lunch, tea and coffee There are various products available, please make sure to register using the correct category: * £0: This category is only for PHRC students and symposium…
By Michael J. North
Just over thirty years after the first printing press arrived in the New World from Spain, the first medical book was printed in Mexico City: Francisco Bravo’s Opera Medicinalia, published by Pedro Ocharte in 1570. While it is well within NLM’s mission to collect, preserve and give the world access to such a book, there is only one known copy of it, housed in La Biblioteca José María Lafragua at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Mexico and we are all extremely… »
What’s the largest animal ever to live on planet Earth? Whether you’re measuring in double decker buses, swimming pools or African elephants, any budding naturalist will be able to tell you that the answer is the blue whale. At 31 metres long and weighing 146 tonnes, this enormous cetacean easily exceeds the paltry dimensions of such pretenders as diplodocus and Tyrannosaurus rex. In London’s Natural History Museum, one of the rare institutions where life-sized models of both animals exist side… »
Coming down with a dose of Witchcraft -– a Halloween special Witches were a real presence in early modern lives. Many elderly women healers risked accusations of witchcraft. Indeed new midwives, for example, had to swear an oath that they would not use ‘witchcraft, charms, sorcery, invocation or other prayers’ in her practice. Early modern discussions…
Eventbrite – Edinburgh History of Medicine Group presents Promiscuous and inattentive proceedings: The ethics and… – Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Find event and ticket information.
With guest host Jane Clayson.
The history of quarantines, from the Spanish Flu to polio to Ebola and the challenge of fighting an epidemic and fear of the epidemic.
Kaci Hickox (at right) speaks with civil rights attorney Norman Siegel from within her mandatory quarantine tent in Newark, NJ. (Steven Hyman)
Quarantines –isolating the sick —have a long history, from the bubonic plague to polio. And now, quarantines are back as governors try to stop Ebola and public panic. But the first offici… »
Today, on board the Paramore, it is Halley’s 42nd birthday* and I thought I would mark that by looking at Halley’s character and personality. The Biographia Britannica, published 15 years after his death, describes him as being: of a middle stature, inclining to tallness, of a thin habit of body, and a fair complection, and…
A recent blog post on Yovisto repeats a very widespread myth concerning Copernicus, his De revolutionibus and the calendar reform of 1582. This particular myth is so prevalent that I have no illusions about stamping it out but as a bone fide history of science myth buster I thought I could at least put the record straight in my little corner of the Internet.
Astronomers and mathematicians had been aware that all was not well with the Julian calendar since at least the time of the Venerable Bead… »
Statue of Sir Rowland Biffen with some historic wheat varieties from the Germ Plasm Resources Unit, John Innes Centre
In September the John Innes Centre celebrated the life and work of plant breeder Rowland Biffen, one of the key figures documented in the Plant Breeding Institute archives which were transferred to JIC archives after the Institute was privatised in 1987. The celebration was planned around a huge wooden desk ‘Biffen’s Desk’ which has stood in our Conference Centre at Norwich … »
Halley undertook his Atlantic voyages to measure the magnetic variation at sea. Magnetic variation (or declination) is the angle between magnetic and geographic north in a horizontal plane. Halley thought that if a pattern could be observed in the variation, … Continue reading →
The Washington times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, September 01, 1917, FINAL EDITION, EDITORIAL PAGE, Image 16, brought to you by Library of Congress, Washington, DC, and the National Digital Newspaper Program.
By Lara Freidenfelds When you were 14, if you had your period, but your parents couldn’t buy you pads or tampons, would you have gone to school? It’s unimaginable, right? It would have been too gross and humiliating to even consider. Better to pretend to be sick, and deal with the missed work and the bad grades. In many parts of the world, that’s exactly what happens. And that means that girls don’t get educated, even where they have access to schools.
Jonas Salk became a national hero when he allayed the fear of polio with his vaccine, approved in 1955. Although it was the first polio vaccine, it was not to be the last; Albert Sabin introduced an oral vaccine in the 1960s that replaced Salk’s.
Although educated as a scientist who studied with both August Weismann and Ernst Heinrich Haeckel, Hans Adolf Eduard Driesch was first employed as a professor of philosophy and became a strong proponent of vitalism. Driesch was born on 28 October 1867, the only child of Josefine Raudenkolb and Paul Driesch.
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Internet history of science, technology and medicine
Editor in Chief: The Ghost of William Whewell
Monday 27 October 2014
Your favourite #HistSTM weekly links digest this week reaches its nineteenth edition. Nineteen is a prime number, which played an important role in the history of calendric studies, the attempt to impose order on the march of time that is so important to the historian. The solar year and the lunar »
Photo: Arnold Silver/Ford Ford’s SQUID Team: The researchers who invented the SQUID were [from left] John Lambe, James Zimmerman, Arnold Silver, Robert Jaklevic, and James Mercereau.
Cooled to a few degrees above absolute zero, a superconducting quantum interference device, or SQUID, can do something amazing: detect a magnetic field only a millionth as strong as the human brain’s, or less than 5 quintillionths of a tesla.
Measuring such minute magnetic fields turns out to be useful for many thi… »
Discover the lesser known characters of the Longitude story; engage with the more bizarre submissions to the Board of Longitude; and get up close and personal with some special objects from the Museum collections.
Medical History is a refereed journal devoted to all aspects of the history of medicine, health and related sciences, with the goal of broadening and deepening the understanding of the field, in the widest sense, by historical studies of the highest quality. It is associated with the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health, the Asian Society for the History of Medicine, and the World Health Organization’s Global Health Histories initiative. The membership of the Editorial Bo…
The temptation to draw moral lessons from biology is strong today — but it is hardly new. As the historian Gertrude Himmelfarb explains, the nineteenth-century scientist known as “Darwin’s bulldog” argued against those who wanted to apply evolutionary science to mankind.
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New and emerging research on the history and geography of Scottish ‘madness’, asylums and psychiatry Guest Editors: Jonathan Andrews (School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University) and Chris Philo (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow) Rationale Notwithstanding notable contributions from scholars such as Jonathan Andrews, Mike Barfoot, Alan Beveridge, Gayle Davies, Rab Houston, […]
I’m delighted to announce that the special section on psychical research, which I had the pleasure of guest-editing for Studies in History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences, is now available in its final version for download on the journal website. I’m particularly pleased there is free access to each article till 7th December 2014. To read and download the papers free of charge, please use the individual links provided below; otherwise articles will be behind the usual p… »
Researchers in Canada, Britain, the US and Mali are testing drugs they hope will stop the humanitarian disaster unfolding in west Africa and prevent Ebola becoming as prolific as HIV
Ebola vaccine: diary of a guinea pig
Graphic Ebola: the search for a vaccine
A conference to be held at Hinxton Hall, Wellcome Trust Conference Center, UK June 13th to 15th 2015 Abstracts due 30th Nov 2014 Poster (pdf) Call for papers (pdf) This conference seeks to open a conversation on forms of possibility and violence that are enabled and take effect through dreams of health and science in…
Pandemics have stalked humanity throughout history, killing millions. Ebola’s deadly spread has garnered headlines, spurred by memories of widespread epidemics that have caused devastation in the past: