University of Exeter Centre for Medical History Seminar Series 2017/18

The Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter has announced its seminar series for 2017/18. The next seminar will take place on 15th November 2017, from 3-5 pm, when Prof Jennifer Smith-Merry (University of Sydney) and Dr Ana Antic (University of Exeter) will present ‘Global Histories of Mental Health’ (Ibrahim Ahmed Room, Reed Hall, University Read the full article…

*NEW DATE* Medical and Metaphorical Wounds from the Middle Ages to the Boer War (CfP, London, 16-17 March 2018)

Wounds and their meaning have differed over time: from the holy wounds of Christ, wounds associated with leprosy and plague, and healed wounds manifesting in scars and permanent disfigurement. The conception and function of wounds as religious symbols, medical signs or metaphorical devices has depended on social and historical contexts. Over this two-day workshop we Read the full article…

‘A Nervous State: Violence, Remedies, and Reverie in Colonial Congo’ reviewed by Professor Karol Kovalovich Weaver

‘A Nervous State: Violence, Remedies, and Reverie in Colonial Congo’ by Nancy Rose Hunt (Duke University Press, 2016). Nancy Rose Hunt’s A Nervous State: Violence, Remedies, and Reverie in Colonial Congo looks at the history of security, biopolitics, and therapeutic insurgency in twentieth-century Belgian Congo, a colony epitomised by the book’s title, ‘a nervous state’. She incorporates Read the full article…

‘Adventures in Human Being’ reviewed by Annalisa Manca and Jonathan McFarland

‘Adventures in Human Being’ by Gavin Francis (Profile Books, 2015) Gavin Francis’ Adventures in Human Being is a compelling collection of essays that takes the reader on a metaphorical journey through the human body from the point of view of a practising doctor. It is a mesmerizing and fascinating journey through the intertwined landscapes of Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise of the Principles & Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery’ by Richard Barnett

We are pleased to offer for review ‘Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise of the Principles & Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery‘ by Richard Barnett (Thames & Hudson, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities, but we are specifically looking for a review from an artist or academic. Crucial Interventions is a startling look at Read the full article…

‘Uroscopy in Early Modern Europe’ reviewed by Jessica Legacy

‘Uroscopy in Early Modern Europe’ by Michael Stolberg (Ashgate, 2015) Uroscopy is an out-dated medical practice involving the examination of urine. Physicians inspected urine colour, texture, and quality in order to detect disease and the degree of a patient’s health. Michael Stolberg opens his book, Uroscopy in Early Modern Europe with the claim that ‘this Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The History of Blood Transfusion in Sub-Saharan Africa’ by William H. Schneider

We are pleased to offer for review ‘The History of Blood Transfusion in Sub-Saharan Africa‘ by William H. Schneider (Ohio University Press, 2013). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. This first extensive study of the practice of blood transfusion in Africa traces the history of one of the most important therapies in Read the full article…

‘Pain: A Political History’ reviewed by Dr Anastasia Kucharski

‘Pain: A Political History’ by Keith Wailoo (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014) In Pain: A Political History Keith Wailoo surveys American social legislation since World War II in terms of its impact on people who experience pain. To organise his narrative he divides politicians and advocates in two groups: those who prefer self-sufficiency and minimal Read the full article…

‘The Sick Rose: Or; Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration’ reviewed by Professor Shelley Wall

‘The Sick Rose: Or; Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration’ by Richard Barnett (Thames & Hudson, 2014). Following our initial call for a clinical and artist’s review of ‘The Sick Rose,’ Professor Shelley Wall offers her perspective as a medical illustrator and lecturer of ‘pathology illustration’. Richard Barnett’s magnificent book, The Sick Rose, brings together 354 images from The Read the full article…

‘The Sick Rose: Or; Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration’ reviewed by Dr Alice McLachlan

‘The Sick Rose: Or; Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration’ by Richard Barnett (Thames & Hudson, 2014). Following our initial call for a clinical and artist’s review of ‘The Sick Rose,’ Dr Alice McLachlan offers her perspective as a Foundation (Year 1) doctor.  The Sick Rose: Disease and the art of Medical Illustration is, as Richard Barnett describes so perfectly Read the full article…