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.
Physician John Morgan was instrumental in founding the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1765, the first medical school in the then American colonies. This achievement wasn’t without its struggles, particularly conflict with William Shippen.
17th century descriptions of how to make oil of St John’s wort from the official Pharmacopoeia, the writings of Nichaols Culpeper and a personal receipt collection lead us to ask the question ‘what is a recipe?’