Ernest Everett Just was an early twentieth century American experimental embryologist involved in research at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) at Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and the Stazione Zoologica in Naples, Italy.
Tim Birkhead and Bob Montgomerie mostly blame school science teaching for an increase in scientific fraud. They correctly determine that fact-based teaching and a tick-box mentality in the science curriculum fails to…
“Would you like to see the brain collection?” my guide asked, as we finished our tour of the Yale School of Medicine. What scientist could resist?
I was expecting an impersonal chamber crammed with specimens and devices. Perhaps a brightly lit, crowded, antiseptic room, like the research bays we had just been exploring. Or an old-fashioned version, resembling an untidy apothecary’s shop packed with mysterious jars.
But when we entered the Cushing Center in the sub-basement of the Medical Libra… »
From my chapter: Andrea Pozzo, Rules and Examples of Perspective Proper for Painters and Architects, etc., (London: J. Senes, R. Gosling, W. Innys, J. Osborn and T. Longman, 1707, reprint New York: Dover, 1989), plate 17, perspective study of Doric … Continue reading →
This interdisciplinary and international network for researchers working on fertility, pregnancy and childbirth grew out of the Perceptions of Pregnancy: From the Medieval to the Modern conference, held at the University of Hertfordshire from 16-18 July 2014. The network and associated blog is run by Dr Jennifer Evans and Dr Ciara Meehan of the School of Humanities, University of Hertfordshire.…
On Saturday 30 August I will be leading a walking tour to explore the many London-focused aspects of the longitude story. The aim is to share some of what is displayed in the Ships, Clocks & Stars in the locations in which they actually happened, reminding us of the local geography that shaped efforts to tame global geography.
The London coffee house evoked in Ships, Clocks & Stars
As well as being an opportunity to get the thrill of being close to the very spot where John Harrison laboured to »
30 July 2014
The Wellcome Library and Jisc today announce nine partner institutions whose holdings will be digitised and added to the UK Medical Heritage Library, an online resource for the history of medicine and related sciences.
Six university libraries have joined the partnership – UCL (University College London), University of Leeds, University of Glasgow, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Kings College London and University of Bristol – along with the libraries of the Royal C… »
I like to ask my students this question at the beginning of the term to help them get a mindset of what disease and illness was like in the early modern period and medieval ages. When confronted with the inevitable reality of disease, how did people of the Middle Ages react? Of the different forms…
Meander around fashionable Marylebone’s ‘Medical Mile’ and finish up by taking the air in ever so Royal Regent’s Park. Inspired by the recent TV series ‘Fit to Rule’, hear tales of Britain’s rulers and how they had their fingers on the pulse of London’s developing healthcare sector. See the places where the mighty sought treatment…
The long nineteenth century can be seen as the period in which the psychiatric asylum became the predominant place where the mentally ill were treated. Why was this the case and what impact did the First World War have on asylums and how we perceive mental illness?
Midwives have been mentioned often on this blog. They were a central feature of many women’s birthing experiences in the early modern period. Their work, character and bodily condition have, at various points, all come under the scrutiny of their contemporaries and, later, historians. Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries some male commentators – physicians, man-midwives…
Scientists have developed a new pain-free filling that allows cavities to be repaired without drilling or injections. Take a look back at dentistry from the middle ages to the modern day
No more fillings as dentists reveal new tooth decay treatment
Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) – All rights reserved by the Royal Society, which – by the way – has just made this picture, and thousands of others in its digital library, available for purchase as rather classy looking prints. Click on the portrait for more!
Victorian naturalist George Busk was born today, August 12, in 1807. I’ve written a little about Busk here , but for his birthday I thought I’d tell you a bit more. Instead of giving a huge list of biographical information on the naturalist, I’ll provide some historical scenes that illuminate Busk’s central presence in nineteenth century science . Hopefully these scenes will not only tell you a little bit about Busk, but it will also show you why you should care about this undervalued historical »
I’ve been doing a lot of (re-)reading lately on ideas of the body and the embodiment of knowledge on the body–mainly because I was aiming for some background reading as I prepared the CFP for the 2011 HAPSAT Conference. Some of these were based on reading summaries I prepared for Prof. Lucia Dacome’s "Body and…
"Disturbingly Historical: Reinventing a Museum" (From the April 2010 HSS Newsletter)
Poised between downtown Philadelphia with its Liberty Bell and Independence Hall and the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, a century-old Beaux Arts building houses The College of Physi- cians of Philadelphia. Flanking the entrance is a large banner advertising the Mütter Museum, a museum of medical history, as a “disturbingly informative” place. That a prestigious historical building – now a na… »
I really wish Fred Whipple was still alive to see the newspapers this week. There, amidst the Middle East horribleness, he would have read about how the space probe Rosetta is nearing the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. As of this morning, the craft had pulled to within 60 miles of 67P’s surface. Both are traveling about 35,000 miles per hour – that’s 10 miles a second (!) – in a compact duet. And, if all goes to plan, Rosetta will soon jettison a dishwasher-sized box called Philae which will … »
It is argued that Copernicus’ theory of the sun-centred universe is a key underlying theme in Michelangelo’s fresco of the Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo’s revolutionary design, depicting Christ as an Apollonian ‘sun-god’ positioned in the centre of a dramatic circular composition, seems relate to Copernicus’s theory of the sun-centred universe – providing important evidence of papal support for Copernican heliocentricity as early as the 1530s.Followed by drinks reception
The second article from an upcoming Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C special issue on psychical research is now available as a pre-print version on the journal’s website. Andrea Graus of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona investigates the remarkable history of the introduction of medical hypnotism in Spain.
HYPNOSIS IN SPAIN (1888–1905): FROM SPECTACLE TO MEDICAL TREATMENT OF MEDIUMSHIP
Andrea Graus, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Abstract Towards … »
By Lisa O’Sullivan, Director, Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health
After episode one of The Knick, the question on everyone’s lips is of course: what was going on with the beard dipping? A commitment to getting the historical details right is the answer (although we hope for the actor’s sake the liquid wasn’t completely true to life).
Dr. Christiansen (Matt Frewer) preps his beard for surgery, assisted by Nurse Elkins (Eve Hewson). Credit: HBO-Cinemax.
The surgeons performing … »
In November 1889, a rash of cases of influenza-like-illness appeared in St. Petersburg, Russia. Soon, the “Russia Influenza” spread across Europe and the world. This outbreak is being researched by teams of Virginia Tech students as a case-study of the relationship between the spread of the disease and the spread of reporting about the disease. In this first of three posts, Circulating Now welcomes guest bloggers Nicholas Mehfoud, Veronica Kimmerly, and Marin Shipe, who look at geographical rep… »
This year the Edinburgh International Festival is featuring Brett Bailey’s performance piece Exhibit B. Exhibit B presents thirteen living pictures, created with local African residents and asylum seekers…
Thomas Pinney writes that the first two colonies in what is now North Carolina, known as the Province of Carolina until 1712, did not appear to produce any wine. In what is now South Carolina there was hope for the production of wine in the 1670s but again no documentation that anything was produced. In…
In my new research project I have been reading a lot of surgical treatises. Many popular accounts of early modern surgery focus on the idea that before the advent of anaesthesia and antiseptics the majority of surgical patients experienced exquisite torture, particularly in something like an amputation, and subsequently died from shock or infection. While…