In August 2017, librarianship student Catherine Chorley undertook a 2-week placement at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) library, surveying some of our rare books previously owned by Henry Pierrepont, Marquis of Dorchester, for important marks of earlier ownership and use.
The experiences of prisoners of war in the far east during the Second World War have been studied for decades at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, informing modern understanding of mental and physical illness.
Live sounds of a human heart were broadcast in the UK one evening in February 1925, giving physicians and the general public a newly intimate – and possibly unsettling – insight into the inner workings of the human body.
What can physicians’ records really tell us about the experiences of people with epilepsy through time? Examples from John Hughlings Jackson, Jonathan Binns, Robert Reid and Theodore Preston present various possibilities.