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Make like this fabulous feline, and hit the snooze button for a lie-in this morning! One of our favourite ...
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Make like this fabulous feline, and hit the snooze button for a lie-in this morning! One of our favourite cats in the collection sadly doesn't have a lot of information to go with it, but what we do know is that it's a 19th century gouache from a Japanese album of drawings, that includes people, ... Make like this fabulous feline, and hit the snooze button for a lie-in this morning! One of our favourite cats in the collection sadly doesn't have a lot of information to go with it, but what we do know is that it's a 19th century gouache from a Japanese album of drawings, that includes people, plants, animals etc. ( #WellcomeLibrary no. 727238i)
#caturday #Saturdayvibes #saturdaze #sleepykitty #snoozefest #sleepingcat #catsofinstagram #japaneseart #gouache #artcollection #librariesofinstagram
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This pouch dating from 1800-1850 contains two iron dental keys and a pair of iron dental forceps. ...
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This pouch dating from 1800-1850 contains two iron dental keys and a pair of iron dental forceps. Dental keys were the mainstay of the barber-surgeon’s toolkit, introduced in 1730 and becoming the instrument of choice for pulling teeth from the 1770s onwards. The claw was placed over the ... This pouch dating from 1800-1850 contains two iron dental keys and a pair of iron dental forceps. Dental keys were the mainstay of the barber-surgeon’s toolkit, introduced in 1730 and becoming the instrument of choice for pulling teeth from the 1770s onwards. The claw was placed over the top of the tooth and the bolster, the long metal rod to which the claw is attached, was placed against the root of the tooth. The instrument was then turned in much the same way that one would turn a key to open a lock. Undoubtedly this was painful for the patient and could cause much damage to the remaining teeth. It is believed that these instruments were made and owned by a blacksmith in Leicestershire, England.
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Tooth pulling was carried out by a number of people, including barber-surgeons, travelling practitioners and blacksmiths. Dentistry did not become a regulated and licensed profession until the late 1800s. By then more effective designs were made that gripped teeth better and replaced the tooth key as a more sympathetic means of extraction.
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You can find out more about teeth in our #TeethExhibition closing on 16 September. From folk remedies and tooth fairies to barber-surgeons and professional dentists, Teeth tells the tale of our pursuit of a pain-free mouth and the perfect smile.
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#WellcomeCollection #exhibition #histmed #history #teeth #pain #painrelief #toothache #dentist #dentistry
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Swipe through our 4-part comic by artist Rob Bidder all about your pores. . Are you obsessed with ...
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Swipe through our 4-part comic by artist Rob Bidder all about your pores. . Are you obsessed with your pores? Do you analyse them up close in the mirror and try all manner of potions to make them smaller? If so, you might just have ‘porexia’…a term coined by dermatologists to mean an irrational ... Swipe through our 4-part comic by artist Rob Bidder all about your pores.
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Are you obsessed with your pores? Do you analyse them up close in the mirror and try all manner of potions to make them smaller? If so, you might just have ‘porexia’…a term coined by dermatologists to mean an irrational fixation with pore size.
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In fact, almost as many people are now obsessed with pores as they are with wrinkles. But as the size of your pores is predominantly down to your genes, then it’s probably a good thing to just love the ones you have.
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See all our webcomics in one place at http://bit.ly/bodysquabbles
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#WellcomeCollection #Histmed #medicine #health #museum #bodysquabbles #cartoon #comic #webcomic #illustration #pores #skin #blackheads #dermatology
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 #onthisday in 1888, Edith Eleanor McLean was the first baby to be placed in an incubator at State ...
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#onthisday in 1888, Edith Eleanor McLean was the first baby to be placed in an incubator at State Emigrant Hospital, New York. Here is a diagram of a very early incubator design from 1907, patented by Arnold & Sons, London, which wouldn't look too dissimilar to those used just a few decades ... #onthisday in 1888, Edith Eleanor McLean was the first baby to be placed in an incubator at State Emigrant Hospital, New York. Here is a diagram of a very early incubator design from 1907, patented by Arnold & Sons, London, which wouldn't look too dissimilar to those used just a few decades earlier when the infant incubator (now known as the isolette) was first developed by Dr Stéphane Tarnier.
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An incubator is a device that controls the environment for sick and premature babies, allowing them to grow and heal in a protective environment, free from infection. Many babies need this intensive care when born, and incubators are essential to their growth and nurture. Thanks to huge advances in technology, modern incubators on neonatal wards today look very different to this one, and provide much more than only oxygen and warmth.
#onthisday #incubator #isolette #neonatal #intensivecare #hospital #medicalhistory #histmed #librariesofinstagram
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An amulet can be any object that the wearer (or keeper) believes has magical, sacred or healing powers ...
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An amulet can be any object that the wearer (or keeper) believes has magical, sacred or healing powers to protect them against bad luck, or something specific like an illness. In medieval Europe, text-based amulets on parchment or paper were often worn on the body, or hung on walls or doors ... An amulet can be any object that the wearer (or keeper) believes has magical, sacred or healing powers to protect them against bad luck, or something specific like an illness. In medieval Europe, text-based amulets on parchment or paper were often worn on the body, or hung on walls or doors to ward off evil. This amulet was probably used like the latter as the paper is flat rather than folded or rolled, and served as an amulet against the plague. ...
The Black Death in 14th Century England gave rise to the hand-production of plague amulets "offering divine protection and supernatural healing", but it was the introduction of printing technologies in the following century meant demand could adequately be met. As a result, an abundance of cheap and ephemeral amulets, much like this one, were mass-printed then sold by the clergy or street merchants.
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This woodcut features traditional Christian iconography like the Holy Cross, a Sacred Heart, the wounds of Christ, and "majuscule letters (called ‘characteres’ in Latin or ‘Buchstabenreihe’ in German)". The amulet keeper might not have known what the letters meant, but it didn't stop them from using it - if anything the mystery added to the amulet's magical qualities! ...
Quotes come from a post written by expert Don C. Skemer at @pulibrary that we've dug out from the blog archive. More detail and references can be found here, if you're interested in finding out more: http://blog.wellcomelibrary.org/2016/10/deciphering-a-central-european-plague-amulet/ ...
( #WellcomeLibrary no. 32325i) #woodcutwednesday #woodcut #amulet #charm #magic #faith #healingpowers #plague #thegreatplague #plagueamulet #medieval #religiousiconography #holycross #woundsofchrist #tattooinspiration #histmed
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In the 1800s, carrying a mole’s forefoot in your pocket was a tradition from the East Anglian region ...
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In the 1800s, carrying a mole’s forefoot in your pocket was a tradition from the East Anglian region of England, used to prevent cramp. . The feet were either removed straight from a mole or bought from a shop, and then used as an amulet. . But mole’s feet have a much longer and wider tradition ... In the 1800s, carrying a mole’s forefoot in your pocket was a tradition from the East Anglian region of England, used to prevent cramp.
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The feet were either removed straight from a mole or bought from a shop, and then used as an amulet.
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But mole’s feet have a much longer and wider tradition as amulets against toothache and were recommended by the Roman writer Pliny as early as the first century CE.
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These particular mole's feet, purchased in 1930 from Edward Lovett’s collection of British amulets and charms, are currently displayed in our #TeethExhibition, on until 16th September 2018.
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#WellcomeCollection #exhibition #histmed #history #museum #mole #amulet #folklore #teeth #toothache #dentistry
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The concept of memento mori (loosely translated from Latin as "Remember that you will die") is about ...
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The concept of memento mori (loosely translated from Latin as "Remember that you will die") is about reflecting on mortality, the transience of life and the certainty of death . In art, memento mori are symbolic reminders of these concepts, and much like a vanitas often includes motifs of ... The concept of memento mori (loosely translated from Latin as "Remember that you will die") is about reflecting on mortality, the transience of life and the certainty of death . In art, memento mori are symbolic reminders of these concepts, and much like a vanitas often includes motifs of ephemerality and death, like timepieces, candles, decaying fruit, or flowers and skulls shown in this tiny circular print., which is also accompanied by the following text:
"Youth is a budd, springs in a moment
Life is a flower, dyes in an hour
Time is as sand, sand quick is run
Flesh is as glass, life soon doth pass."
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Image details: Published by R.H. (Richard Holmes) Laurie, Fleet Street, London, possibly mid-nineteeth century ( #wellcomelibrary no. 35740i)
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#etching #vanitas #life #death #skull #skullandcrossbones #macabre #momentomori #tinytuesday #artcollection #librariesofinstagram
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This rather blingy pimped up skull is actually a reconstructed model showing a titanium repair. . Cranioplasty ...
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This rather blingy pimped up skull is actually a reconstructed model showing a titanium repair. . Cranioplasty is a surgical technique to repair damage to the skull caused by birth defect, illness or injury. Developed in the 1970s by George Blair, a dental surgeon, and Derek Gordon, a ... This rather blingy pimped up skull is actually a reconstructed model showing a titanium repair.
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Cranioplasty is a surgical technique to repair damage to the skull caused by birth defect, illness or injury. Developed in the 1970s by George Blair, a dental surgeon, and Derek Gordon, a neurosurgeon, this method meant that repairs could be made which easily imitated the curves and shape of the skull, unlike previous methods which involved wiring and stitching.
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To carry out the technique moulds would be taken of the piece of skull to be repaired, from which a titanium plate was made. Titanium is a good material to use in this sort of surgery as it's extremely strong and durable, but also inert – so will not react with tissues and provoke an immune response. The bone plates and screws are also used to stabilise the skull.
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We think it looks pretty fabulous, although not many people are going to see your pimped up skull (and if they do you're probably in trouble!) .
#WellcomeCollection #museum #history #medicine #humanhealth #histmed #cranioplasty #boneplate #skull #bones #injury #surgery #titanium
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Happy September, everyone! This is an illustration of the late-blooming Elecampane plant, or ...
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Happy September, everyone! This is an illustration of the late-blooming Elecampane plant, or Inula helenium (colloquially known as horse-heal or elfdock) that you might expect to see flower this month. The root of the Elecampane has been used in herbal medicine primarily for its use ... Happy September, everyone! This is an illustration of the late-blooming Elecampane plant, or Inula helenium (colloquially known as horse-heal or elfdock) that you might expect to see flower this month.
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The root of the Elecampane has been used in herbal medicine primarily for its use as an expectorant (to help clear mucus from the air passages) to treat respiratory conditions like coughs and bronchitis. In older herbal texts it has been said to aid shortness of breath, chest diseases and asthma, water retention, and even skin diseases. The latter could be attributed to the root's high levels of the dietary fibre inulin, which supports healthy digestive flora, acting as a prebiotic. 🌼
Image detail: Chromolithograph after Walther Müller, c. 1887 from our collections of 18th Century botanical illustrations ( #wellcomelibrary no. 24532i)
#September #botany #botanicalillustrations #sciart #naturalhistory #plantstagram #helenium #herbalmedicine #medicinalplants #flowersofinstagram #librariesofinstagram
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Many Christians have long believed that the saints are able to plead with God on their behalf and ...
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Many Christians have long believed that the saints are able to plead with God on their behalf and that particular saints can give protection against specific illnesses. . St Apollonia was considered a saint, having been martyred around 249 CE. This statue shows the very painful way in ... Many Christians have long believed that the saints are able to plead with God on their behalf and that particular saints can give protection against specific illnesses.
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St Apollonia was considered a saint, having been martyred around 249 CE. This statue shows the very painful way in which Apollonia was martyred. Her teeth were broken and pulled out one by one using pliers. For this reason, she is revered as the patron saint of toothache and of dentists. This statue is a copy of the original, which is in the Chapelle de la Houssaye in Pontivy, France.
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You can find out more about teeth in our #Teethexhibition closing on 16 September. From folk remedies and tooth fairies to barber-surgeons and professional dentists, Teeth tells the tale of our pursuit of a pain-free mouth and the perfect smile.
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Credit: Wellcome Collection/ Science Museum
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#wellcomecollection #museum #exhibition #medicine #histmed #illness #saints #saint #StApollonia #martyr #religion #christianity #belief #church #pain #painrelief #toothache #dentist #dentistry #teeth
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Swipe through our 4-part comic by artist Rob Bidder all about anger. . American neuroanatomist, ...
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Swipe through our 4-part comic by artist Rob Bidder all about anger. . American neuroanatomist, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor has said that the physiological response caused by anger lasts for around 90 seconds. If it lasts longer, it’s because you’re replaying it in your mind (hands up who does ... Swipe through our 4-part comic by artist Rob Bidder all about anger.
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American neuroanatomist, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor has said that the physiological response caused by anger lasts for around 90 seconds. If it lasts longer, it’s because you’re replaying it in your mind (hands up who does this?) 🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️
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According to Dr. Jill, no one can make you angry - they can’t stimulate your emotional neuro-circuitry without your permission. So if you can remove yourself from the origin of the anger for just 90 seconds then your behaviour might be very different.
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Police Now are spearheading a not-for-profit campaign called TAKE:90 that aims to reduce acts of impulsive violence and aggression caused by anger in everyday situations. They explain: “the campaign encourages people to think again about seemingly socially acceptable acts of anger as society faces a recent increase in violent crime.”
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TAKE:90 hopes to spread the message that 90 seconds is all it takes for anger to pass. Their 90-second video is here: bit.ly/TAKE90
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What do you think about anger?
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See all our webcomics in one place at http://bit.ly/bodysquabbles
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#WellcomeCollection #Histmed #medicine #health #museum #bodysquabbles #cartoon #comic #webcomic #illustration #Take90 #anger #violence #aggression
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You might recognise this cactus as a prickly pear, here also referred to as the common Indian fig ...
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You might recognise this cactus as a prickly pear, here also referred to as the common Indian fig (Opuntia ficus-indica), in its flowering and fruiting glory. The prickly pear is the most common culinary species of cacti, grown primarily for its fruit (also known as 'tuna' in Spanish), ... You might recognise this cactus as a prickly pear, here also referred to as the common Indian fig (Opuntia ficus-indica), in its flowering and fruiting glory.
The prickly pear is the most common culinary species of cacti, grown primarily for its fruit (also known as 'tuna' in Spanish), which is high in nutrients and phytochemicals.
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In Mexican folk medicine, its pulp and juice are considered treatments for wounds and inflammation of the digestive and urinary tracts, and there are numerous scientific articles about its use to help treat chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes or high cholesterol today.
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Image detail: Coloured etching by John Pass, c. 1800, after Johann-Eberhard Ihle. Plate 2 in: John Wilkes' Encyclopaedia Londinensis, vol. 3, 1810. ( #WellcomeLibrary no. 25384i)
#cactus #cactiofinstagram #pricklypear #plantsagram #botanicalillustration #sciart #medicinalplants #naturalhistory #artcollection #librariesofinstagram
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For #woodcutwednesday here's a (carefully cropped!) anatomical figure showing viscera from ...
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For #woodcutwednesday here's a (carefully cropped!) anatomical figure showing viscera from the well-known encyclopedic work of knowledge "Margarita philosophica" attributed to Gregor Reisch, circa 1503. The work comprises of twelve books covering all manner of subjects from Latin ... For #woodcutwednesday here's a (carefully cropped!) anatomical figure showing viscera from the well-known encyclopedic work of knowledge "Margarita philosophica" attributed to Gregor Reisch, circa 1503. The work comprises of twelve books covering all manner of subjects from Latin grammar, to arithmetic, music, astronomy, and physiology,
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( #wellcomelibrary reference: 5409/B)
#humanbody #anatomy #anatomicalillustration #monochrome #16thcentury #woodcut #earlyprintedbooks #encyclopedia
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Need a bit of livening up post-Bank Holiday? Khoosh Tonic Bitters might've sorted you (and all your ...
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Need a bit of livening up post-Bank Holiday? Khoosh Tonic Bitters might've sorted you (and all your liver complaints) out back in the late 19th century... ( #wellcomelibrary reference: P8100) ... #tinytuesday #transformationtuesday #indianmedicine #health #tonics #healthdrinks ... Need a bit of livening up post-Bank Holiday? Khoosh Tonic Bitters might've sorted you (and all your liver complaints) out back in the late 19th century... ( #wellcomelibrary reference: P8100)
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Early porcelain teeth were often rejected because they looked unnaturally white. Manufacturers ...
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Early porcelain teeth were often rejected because they looked unnaturally white. Manufacturers soon adapted, producing different shades and gradations, including full sets carefully stained to match the needs of the client. . This grey tooth shade guide, made by the Dental Manufacturing ... Early porcelain teeth were often rejected because they looked unnaturally white. Manufacturers soon adapted, producing different shades and gradations, including full sets carefully stained to match the needs of the client.
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This grey tooth shade guide, made by the Dental Manufacturing Co. around 1890-1910, most likely for smokers, was used for porcelain teeth and shows 24 slightly different colours. .
Today, false teeth are made from acrylic, but over the years a range of materials have been used, including ivory, porcelain and mother of pearl – some patients even had dentures made from donated human teeth.
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Want to find out more about the fascinating history of teeth? Visit our #TeethExhibition until 16th September 2018.
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#WellcomeCollection #histmed #history #museum #exhibition #teeth #tooth #dentist #dentistry #dentures #falseteeth #smile #smoking #smoker
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This image, painted with acrylic on canvas, shows a woman swimming. It was produced by artist Debbie ...
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This image, painted with acrylic on canvas, shows a woman swimming. It was produced by artist Debbie Ayles (@debbieaylesart) in response to a migraine; the white sparkly effect of the water is an indication of the effect of an aura. It also shows the movement of the water and slight nausea ... This image, painted with acrylic on canvas, shows a woman swimming. It was produced by artist Debbie Ayles (@debbieaylesart) in response to a migraine; the white sparkly effect of the water is an indication of the effect of an aura. 🌊
It also shows the movement of the water and slight nausea caused by the migraine, and how the vast openness of the water with no horizon depicts the way a migraine can consume the sufferer. The swimmer represents the strength to push through and carry on, determined not to be beaten.
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#swim #swimmingpool #sea #migraine #headache #aura #health #sciart #artcollection #contemporaryartist #explorewellcome
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*LAST CHANCE TO SEE* visit Somewhere in Between this weekend and experience installations by artists ...
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*LAST CHANCE TO SEE* visit Somewhere in Between this weekend and experience installations by artists Martina Amati, Daria Martin, Maria McKinney and John Walter that explore ideas that are vital to human life – ideas about our food sources, our senses, our sexual health and the limitations ... *LAST CHANCE TO SEE* visit Somewhere in Between this weekend and experience installations by artists Martina Amati, Daria Martin, Maria McKinney and John Walter that explore ideas that are vital to human life – ideas about our food sources, our senses, our sexual health and the limitations of our bodies. Exhibition closes Monday 27th August 2018.
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"During a deep dive your lungs shrink. When you go down first of all it’s very difficult: the first 5 metres of water really pushes you back up. Then it becomes a bit easier, and between 13 and 20 metres, depending on how salty the sea is, you start to fall a little bit like a stone. we call this the free fall. This is the moment when the freediver needs to stop moving completely." - Martina Amati on 'Under'.
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Image: Martina Amati 'Under'.
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#WellcomeCollection #SomewhereinBetween #exhibition #museum #gallery #painting #art #installation #science #contemporaryart
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Swipe through our 4-part comic by artist Rob Bidder all about chlorine. . #DidYouKnow Chlorine ...
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Swipe through our 4-part comic by artist Rob Bidder all about chlorine. . #DidYouKnow Chlorine is a chemical element which is most commonly known today as essential in destroying waterborne pathogens. However chlorinated swimming pools do not have a strong smell. What creates the 'eau ... Swipe through our 4-part comic by artist Rob Bidder all about chlorine.
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#DidYouKnow Chlorine is a chemical element which is most commonly known today as essential in destroying waterborne pathogens. However chlorinated swimming pools do not have a strong smell. What creates the 'eau de bleach’ scent we so readily associate with public baths is what reacts with the chlorine – namely urine and dirt from human bodies! 😳
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This cocktail of creepy contaminants produces chlorides which give off the distinctive smell. One study in 2017 from the University of Alberta, Canada, reported that there can be around 75 litres of pee in your local public pool. With the average pool being filled with over 830,000 litres that’s not actually very much. But the pee is not the problem, it’s the smelly and irritating disinfection byproducts (DBPs) it creates when it reacts with the chlorine. Happy swimming! 🏊‍♀️ 🏊‍♂️
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Are you a public pool pee offender?
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#WellcomeCollection #comic #webcomic #illustration #cartoon #histmed #museum #bodysquabbles #chlorine #chemicals #disinfectants #swimming #swimmingpool #smell
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We're celebrating the upcoming three-day weekend with an image of some 19th Century pals having ...
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We're celebrating the upcoming three-day weekend with an image of some 19th Century pals having a jolly good knees up (although the use of nitrous oxide is NOT recommended!!) This aquatint print shows 'Doctor Syntax and his wife making an experiment in pneumatics', which refers to the ... We're celebrating the upcoming three-day weekend with an image of some 19th Century pals having a jolly good knees up (although the use of nitrous oxide is NOT recommended!!)
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This aquatint print shows 'Doctor Syntax and his wife making an experiment in pneumatics', which refers to the recreational use of nitrous oxide (more commonly known as laughing gas), inhaled to cause euphoria, slight hallucinations, and eruptions of laughter! The laughing gas party phenomenon, such as this one, began in 1799 for the British upper classes.
On a more serious note, nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry and surgery as an anaesthetic and analgesic for centuries (though these days it is mainly used as one of the carrier gases for more powerful anaesthetic drugs) - and is still widely used for pain relief for trauma or during childbirth.
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Image details: Coloured aquatint by Thomas Rowlandson after William Combe, possibly a plate to' The third tour of Doctor Syntax: in search of a wife' by Combe, London, 1823.
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#bankholiday #longweekend #parties #nitrousoxide #laughinggas #gasandair #watercolours #satiricalprints #caricature #artcollection #librariesofinstagram
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Search our images at wellcomecollection.org/works to find a treasure trove of historical atlases ...
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Search our images at wellcomecollection.org/works to find a treasure trove of historical atlases (you can download them in high resolution for free too!). This one is a comparative table of the shape and height of the world's mountains, dated 1817 🏔 Image details: Coloured aquatint ... Search our images at wellcomecollection.org/works to find a treasure trove of historical atlases (you can download them in high resolution for free too!). This one is a comparative table of the shape and height of the world's mountains, dated 1817 🏔🌋🗻 Image details: Coloured aquatint by Ambroise Tardieu after Louis Brugiere ( #wellcomelibrary no. 498278i)
#mountains #planetearth #highestpoints #maps #atlases #howtheworldwasseen #landscape #geology #artcollection #librariesofinstagram
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The lettering on this striking etching reads "helminthology" which is the study of parasitic worms, ...
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The lettering on this striking etching reads "helminthology" which is the study of parasitic worms, and "Order of mollusca or gelatinous worms" - although it is unclear as to whether the illustration is representing the mollusc as a host for parasites, or as a parasite itself, as the plate ... The lettering on this striking etching reads "helminthology" which is the study of parasitic worms, and "Order of mollusca or gelatinous worms" - although it is unclear as to whether the illustration is representing the mollusc as a host for parasites, or as a parasite itself, as the plate exists in our collection without an accompanying text. Perhaps a Malacologist could shed some light...
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Image detail: Coloured etching by J. Chapman. The imprint on this plate is dated 20 August 1808, making it 210 years old today! ( #wellcomelibrary no.: 578673i) #MolluscsMonday #molluscs #seacreatures #parasites #sciart #scientificillustration #naturalhistory #onthisday #librariesofinstagram
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For this week's #Caturday we have detail of a print by Yoshitora Utagawa (active 1850-1870), which ...
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For this week's #Caturday we have detail of a print by Yoshitora Utagawa (active 1850-1870), which illustrates two women lying on the grass with a cat, with the Hashiba ferry seen crossing the Sumida river between Asakusa and Mukōjima, in the background. Image detail: From a set of prints ... For this week's #Caturday we have detail of a print by Yoshitora Utagawa (active 1850-1870), which illustrates two women lying on the grass with a cat, with the Hashiba ferry seen crossing the Sumida river between Asakusa and Mukōjima, in the background.
Image detail: From a set of prints titled 'Modern sights of Tokyo', each print comprises two or three scenes set in Tokyo, often containing a fantastic or comic element. The designs are by Kyosai, his pupils and contemporaries. ( #wellcomelibrary no. 567433i)

#caturday #catsofinstagram #woodcut #Japanesewoodblock #Japaneseart #ukiyoe #edo #relax #saturdayvibes #artcollection #librariesofinstagram
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Swipe through our 4-part comic by artist Rob Bidder all about rocks and stones. . #DidYouKnow kidney ...
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Swipe through our 4-part comic by artist Rob Bidder all about rocks and stones. . #DidYouKnow kidney stones are quite common, affecting around three in 20 men and up to two in 20 women. While most will be passed naturally (if not a little painfully!) some can reach gargantuan sizes. In December ... Swipe through our 4-part comic by artist Rob Bidder all about rocks and stones. .
#DidYouKnow kidney stones are quite common, affecting around three in 20 men and up to two in 20 women. While most will be passed naturally (if not a little painfully!) some can reach gargantuan sizes. In December 2003, a kidney stone weighing 356g and measuring nearly 12cm was removed from a man in Australia. And in 2017, a 2kg stone, spanning 20cm, was surgically removed from a man in London. You can try to avoid this fate by drinking plenty of water every day!
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#WellcomeCollection #comic #webcomic #illustration #cartoon #histmed #museum #bodysquabbles #stones #kidneystones #gallstones #rocks #geology #facts
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Here we have an advertisement (probably from the 1890s) that has been previously bound into a magazine, ...
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Here we have an advertisement (probably from the 1890s) that has been previously bound into a magazine, as you can see the staple holes along the left side, for Newball & Mason's original extract of herbs. It was promoted as a wholesome and refreshing drink, a tonic and, most importantly (in ... Here we have an advertisement (probably from the 1890s) that has been previously bound into a magazine, as you can see the staple holes along the left side, for Newball & Mason's original extract of herbs. It was promoted as a wholesome and refreshing drink, a tonic and, most importantly (in line with the Temperance movement of the time), a non alcoholic (and much cheaper) alternative to beer. Bees are depicted buzzing round a bottle of the extract with a clump of flowers to the left (dandelion, white dead nettle, burdock and possibly borage). 🐝🍺🐝
(Image from #wellcomelibrary reference: EPH347) #nonalcoholic #drinkstagram #herbaldrink #temperance #bees #dandelion #ephemera #drinksadvertisement #librariesofinstagram
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Apparently it's afternoon tea week, so what better excuse than to indulge in a selection of sweet ...
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Apparently it's afternoon tea week, so what better excuse than to indulge in a selection of sweet treats, tiny sandwiches and gallons of tea?! This image of three women having afternoon tea with a large fruit cake is from the Girl's Own Paper, which was a was a British story paper for girls ... Apparently it's afternoon tea week, so what better excuse than to indulge in a selection of sweet treats, tiny sandwiches and gallons of tea?!
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This image of three women having afternoon tea with a large fruit cake is from the Girl's Own Paper, which was a was a British story paper for girls and young women that ran from from 1880 until 1956.
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Image details: Process print after Kate Greenaway ( #wellcomelibrary no. 33220i) #afternoontea #afternoonteaweek #tea #cake #britishtraditions #girlsownpaper #magazines #food #illustration #librariesofinstagram
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Made from aluminium, this prosthetic left arm would have been strapped to the shoulder with padding. ...
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Made from aluminium, this prosthetic left arm would have been strapped to the shoulder with padding. The fingers of the hand, coated to give the appearance of a glove, are set in a fixed position but the joints of the arm are adjustable and the hand is removable. This is one of a new generation ... Made from aluminium, this prosthetic left arm would have been strapped to the shoulder with padding. The fingers of the hand, coated to give the appearance of a glove, are set in a fixed position but the joints of the arm are adjustable and the hand is removable. This is one of a new generation of metal limbs that appeared in the 1920s and which gradually replaced the predominantly wooden ones which often heavy and uncomfortable for the wearer.
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The McKay Prosthetic Limb Company who made this arm was one of a number of companies set up during and immediately after the First World War, seeking lucrative government contracts to supply soldiers who had lost limbs in the conflict. Among British forces alone, over 41,000 men lost one or more limb.
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Both smoking and non-smoking movements have played a big part in medical history. As such, there ...
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Both smoking and non-smoking movements have played a big part in medical history. As such, there is lots of material in our collections on this controversial subject. This particular notice, from 1854, is less about the act of smoking but rather a public service announcement to advise smokers ... Both smoking and non-smoking movements have played a big part in medical history. As such, there is lots of material in our collections on this controversial subject. This particular notice, from 1854, is less about the act of smoking but rather a public service announcement to advise smokers and tobacco chewers what to do with their used paraphernalia... 🚬🚬🚬
The mix of letters and illustrations to depict words or phrases is a puzzle device known as a rebus. So to get your brains going this Monday morning, can you work out what the advice on the notice is?
🚬🚬🚬 ( #wellcomelibrary no. 24866i) #rebus #puzzle #smoking #tobacco #smokingposters #ephemera #publichealth #americana #librariesofinstagram
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How's your Saturday looking? Book in one hand, cup of tea in the other...? . This humorous sketch ...
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How's your Saturday looking? Book in one hand, cup of tea in the other...? . This humorous sketch by Robert Seymour (author of "Sketches by Seymour" here specifically from No. 30. Vol. 2.) shows a woman with her feet up by the fire, and, adding to what appears to be a perfect scene, is turning ... How's your Saturday looking? Book in one hand, cup of tea in the other...? .
This humorous sketch by Robert Seymour (author of "Sketches by Seymour" here specifically from No. 30. Vol. 2.) shows a woman with her feet up by the fire, and, adding to what appears to be a perfect scene, is turning to her black cat to says:
"Kitty, take those books to the library, and get Mrs Brown to change them, tell her I'm fond of the romantic." What more could you want of a weekend?!
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( #WellcomeLibrary no. 33680i) #caturday #saturdayvibes #weekendgoals #sketchesbyseymour #blackcat #catsofinstagram #cartoon #comical #romancenovels #19thcentury #librariesofinstagram
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This gloriously decorative object is a bronze dental impression tray, made in France c.1830-1850. ...
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This gloriously decorative object is a bronze dental impression tray, made in France c.1830-1850. Dental trays were introduced in the mid-1800s and were used to make moulds of the mouth. Dentists used these moulds as a template to create a set of dentures. Similar, albeit less decorative ... This gloriously decorative object is a bronze dental impression tray, made in France c.1830-1850. Dental trays were introduced in the mid-1800s and were used to make moulds of the mouth. Dentists used these moulds as a template to create a set of dentures. Similar, albeit less decorative ones, are used today.
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Like Teeth? Visit our Teeth Exhibition on now until 16 September 2018.
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Swipe through our 4-part comic by artist Rob Bidder. . Milk is one of the things that we humans have ...
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Swipe through our 4-part comic by artist Rob Bidder. . Milk is one of the things that we humans have in common with other mammals like otters, pigs, whales and bats. . Other things that mark us as mammals include having a neocortex in our brains, and having three middle ear bones. . Blue ... Swipe through our 4-part comic by artist Rob Bidder.
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Milk is one of the things that we humans have in common with other mammals like otters, pigs, whales and bats.
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Other things that mark us as mammals include having a neocortex in our brains, and having three middle ear bones.
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Blue whale calves can get through a vast amount of milk: they drink 380–570 litres of milk per day!
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Producing milk is seen as a female trait, though two species of bats (Dayak fruit bats and the masked flying fox) have males that produce milk.
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See all our webcomics in one place at http://bit.ly/bodysquabbles
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#WellcomeCollection #comic #webcomic #illustration #cartoon #histmed #museum #bodysquabbles #milk #breastfeeding #bats #otters #pigs #whales #bodies #facts #didyouknow
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Historically, childbirth was a dangerous procedure for both mother and child. The likelihood ...
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Historically, childbirth was a dangerous procedure for both mother and child. The likelihood of mother, child, or both dying during the birthing process was extremely high. The surgical procedure Caesarean section was introduced as an emergency attempt to save the life of the child. ... Historically, childbirth was a dangerous procedure for both mother and child. The likelihood of mother, child, or both dying during the birthing process was extremely high.
The surgical procedure Caesarean section was introduced as an emergency attempt to save the life of the child. It has been used for hundreds and hundreds of years. If the mother died close to/during birth, c-section would be performed to save the infant's life. It would have been incredibly rare for a woman to survive a c-section.

Thankfully today, modern surgical practices, especially the use of antiseptics, have allowed the Caesarean to no longer be a death sentence. And although no surgical procedure should ever be taken lightly, these days we can feel a lot more confident that mother and baby will both make it through.
The image above is from a manuscript edition of Histoires Prodigieuses, presented to Queen Elizabeth I by Pierre Boaistuau, and is an illustration of a famous (but mythical) story of the c-section of a child that died in the womb five years earlier.
A digitised version of Histoires Prodigieuses is available through the library catalogue. #wellcomelibrary reference WMS 136. .
#birth #child #mother #pregnancy #historyofbirth #histmed #medicine #surgery #history #manuscript #illumination #medieval #renissance #queenelizabeth #queen #csection #caesarean #cesariansection #rarebooks #librarylove #librariesofinstagram
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It's International Cat Day everyone! And we 🧡<span class="emoji emoji1f49a"></span><span class="emoji emoji2764"></span>️ big cats. This is an illustration from a copy of ...
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It's International Cat Day everyone! And we 🧡️ big cats. This is an illustration from a copy of the Devi Mahatmya, a Hindu text on the Goddesses. Pictured is the Hindu warrior goddess Durga. She is often depicted riding on a lion or tiger. However, the cat in this picture looks like like it ... It's International Cat Day everyone! And we 🧡💚❤️ big cats. This is an illustration from a copy of the Devi Mahatmya, a Hindu text on the Goddesses. Pictured is the Hindu warrior goddess Durga. She is often depicted riding on a lion or tiger. However, the cat in this picture looks like like it might be a liger. And what a magnificent, sparkly, gold-plated liger it is! 🐈🤲🐈 #wellcomelibrary Indic Alpha 277). .
#cat #internationalcatday #cats #catstagram #caturday #catsofinstagram #lion #tiger #liger #hindu #goddess #durga #india #manuscript #specialcollections #librarylove #goldgoldgold #librariesofinstagram
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This dreamy watercolour from 1855 illustrates a cluster of palmyra palm trees near Madras (now ...
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This dreamy watercolour from 1855 illustrates a cluster of palmyra palm trees near Madras (now known as Chennai) in India. The Borassus flabellifer is one of five species of fan palms, most commonly cultivated for their huge, fan-shaped leaves which are used for thatching, or weaving or ... This dreamy watercolour from 1855 illustrates a cluster of palmyra palm trees near Madras (now known as Chennai) in India. The Borassus flabellifer is one of five species of fan palms, most commonly cultivated for their huge, fan-shaped leaves which are used for thatching, or weaving or even as writing paper. 🌴🌴🌴
Image details: Possibly an original watercolour sketch for a colour photograph for a publication by Hermann and Adolphe Schlagintweit ( #WellcomeLibrary no. 21744i) .
#tropical #palm #palmtrees #plantsofinstagram #botanicalillustration #India #watercolour #heatwave #panorama #librariesofinstagram
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You'd be forgiven for thinking this was a macabre reconstructed scene from a dystopian novel. However, ...
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You'd be forgiven for thinking this was a macabre reconstructed scene from a dystopian novel. However, it's actually a woman having a skin peel to remove freckles! This photograph was taken in Hungary in 1937 but freckle removal is still a common service offered by dermatologists and beauty ... You'd be forgiven for thinking this was a macabre reconstructed scene from a dystopian novel. However, it's actually a woman having a skin peel to remove freckles! This photograph was taken in Hungary in 1937 but freckle removal is still a common service offered by dermatologists and beauty clinics today...although we're big supporters of the humble freckle!
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You can see the before and after pictures of this treatment at http://bit.ly/freckles1937
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What's the oddest or most extreme thing you've ever done in the name of beauty?
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#WellcomeCollection #histmed #beauty #freckles #face #skin #dermatology #skinpeel #laserremoval #laser #facial #skintreatment #beautytreatment #1930s #bwphotography
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It's the first #caturday of the month, and today's is another sketch of Emily Madden's pet Mouton ...
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It's the first #caturday of the month, and today's is another sketch of Emily Madden's pet Mouton . Madden loved Mouton and drew cartoons of him having various adventures, including a cartoon of Mouton riding into battle on the back of a dog. . #cat #cats #catstagram #caturday #tomcat ... It's the first #caturday of the month, and today's is another sketch of Emily Madden's pet Mouton 😺😸😻😽. Madden loved Mouton and drew cartoons of him having various adventures, including a cartoon of Mouton riding into battle on the back of a dog.
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#cat #cats #catstagram #caturday #tomcat #dog #catsanddogs #catsofinstagram #military #cartoon #illustration #sketch #wellcomelibrary #librarylove #imagecollection #specialcollections #librariesofinstagram
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Swipe through our 4-part comic by artist Rob Bidder. . Perspiration is the body's way of cooling ...
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Swipe through our 4-part comic by artist Rob Bidder. . Perspiration is the body's way of cooling you down when you get hot. So embrace your sweaty self and delight in the smell that signifies your skin is an anatomical superhero! . Did you know… . Horses are one of the few mammals that have ... Swipe through our 4-part comic by artist Rob Bidder.
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Perspiration is the body's way of cooling you down when you get hot. So embrace your sweaty self and delight in the smell that signifies your skin is an anatomical superhero!
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Did you know…
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Horses are one of the few mammals that have armpits that sweat like those of primates such as humans.
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Hippos have ‘magic' sweat - it’s red and doubles up as a form of sunscreen.
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The average human has around 2.6 million sweat glands in their body.
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The chemical makeup of your sweat is different when you watch scary movies.
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Sweat has no smell. It’s only when it mixes with skin bacteria that you experience that distinctive body odour.
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#WellcomeCollection #comic #webcomic #illustration #cartoon #histmed #museum #bodysquabbles #sweat #sweating #perspiration #bodyodour #bromhidrosis #Hyperhidrosis #heatwave #facts #didyouknow
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This striking business card is for Nath Longbottom, a seller of fine skeletons. He conveniently ...
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This striking business card is for Nath Longbottom, a seller of fine skeletons. He conveniently was based near Guy's Hospital, a major hospital in London, to whom we assume he sold the skeletons to for educational purposes. The full card reads: Nath Longbottom, in St Thomas's Street, ... This striking business card is for Nath Longbottom, a seller of fine skeletons. He conveniently was based near Guy's Hospital, a major hospital in London, to whom we assume he sold the skeletons to for educational purposes. The full card reads:

Nath Longbottom, in St Thomas's Street, Southwark, LONDON. Sells skeletons of different sizes and both sexes of good colour and accurately articulated and packs them safe either for sea or land carriage. N.B. He also mounts for such gentlemen as have loose sets of bones. Letters post-paid will be duly answered and orders punctually obeyed. ( #wellcomelibrary ref: EPH 36) #businesscard #tradecard #anatomical #medicaleducation #medicalephemera #skeleton #bones #skull #anatomy #macabre #histmed #London #librariesofinstagram #💀
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Pinch, punch, first of the month! What better way to welcome in August than with a medieval potion ...
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Pinch, punch, first of the month! What better way to welcome in August than with a medieval potion for distilling body parts. Alchemy is often considered a precursor to chemistry. While elements of alchemy have had a significant effect on the development of modern science, other aspects...not ... Pinch, punch, first of the month! What better way to welcome in August than with a medieval potion for distilling body parts.

Alchemy is often considered a precursor to chemistry. While elements of alchemy have had a significant effect on the development of modern science, other aspects...not so much. This unusual potion appears in an alchemical work attributed to Raymond Lull. We have no idea why you'd need to distil human body parts, but the author of this work evidently thought it was a worthwhile experiment. It was probably (hopefully) a thought experiment rather than a practical description. #wellcomelibrary reference MS 446.
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#magic #medicine #alchemy #distillation #potion #body #humanbody #bodyparts #king #medieval #illustration #art #grim #rarebooks #manuscript #specialcollections #librarylove #librariesofinstagram
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Slithering into Monday like... <span class="emoji emoji1f40d"></span> This is a beautifully illustrated page of John Temperley Gray's ...
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Slithering into Monday like... This is a beautifully illustrated page of John Temperley Gray's notebook from between 1862-88. The notebook documents his travels around India and on various ships between England and the Far East and includes notes on natural history, meteorology, ... Slithering into Monday like... 🐍
This is a beautifully illustrated page of John Temperley Gray's notebook from between 1862-88. The notebook documents his travels around India and on various ships between England and the Far East and includes notes on natural history, meteorology, astronomy and local customs.
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( #wellcomelibrary ref: MS.5874) #watercolour #snake #reptile #notebook #india #wanderlust #traveljournal #naturalhistory #anthropology #libraryfinds
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Urine for a treat today! This woodcut from Epiphanie Medicorum is a colour wheel of pee. Medieval ...
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Urine for a treat today! This woodcut from Epiphanie Medicorum is a colour wheel of pee. Medieval physicians would analyse urine colour, smell, and taste. Yes, taste. Urine colour is still useful today. Urine changes color if you're dehydrated, or have eaten beetroots or foods with artificial ... Urine for a treat today! This woodcut from Epiphanie Medicorum is a colour wheel of pee. Medieval physicians would analyse urine colour, smell, and taste. Yes, taste.

Urine colour is still useful today. Urine changes color if you're dehydrated, or have eaten beetroots or foods with artificial colouring. However, changes in colour can also be a sign of infections or disease, including liver disease and bladder cancer. If you notice anything unusual when you pee, it's a good idea to speak to your doctor. Don't worry, doctors don't taste pee anymore. #wellcomelibrary reference EPB 866/B.
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#urine #wee #pee #piss #💛 #diagnosis #bladder #kidney #uti #gross #doctor #medicine #woodcut #pun #rarebooks #medieval #16thcentury #histmed #specialcollections #librarylove #librariesofinstagram #themoreyouknow
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This magnificent and unique medicine chest dating from 1562-1566 was made for Giuseppe Giustiniani, ...
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This magnificent and unique medicine chest dating from 1562-1566 was made for Giuseppe Giustiniani, the last Genoese governor of the island of Chios in the eastern Aegean Sea. . He ruled Chios from 1562 until the Turks expelled the Genoese in 1566 after an occupation of some two hundred ... This magnificent and unique medicine chest dating from 1562-1566 was made for Giuseppe Giustiniani, the last Genoese governor of the island of Chios in the eastern Aegean Sea.
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He ruled Chios from 1562 until the Turks expelled the Genoese in 1566 after an occupation of some two hundred years. The symbol of Chios - a black eagle above a three-towered castle - is painted on a box from the middle drawer.
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The chest contains 126 bottles and pots for drugs, some of which still have their original contents. These include rhubarb powder, ointment for worms, juniper water and mustard oil. The chest measures nearly one metre long.
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It remained in the Giustiniani family until it was bought by Henry Wellcome in 1924.
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Gustavus Katterfelto (or Katerfelto) was a famous Prussian conjurer, pseudo-scientific lecturer, ...
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Gustavus Katterfelto (or Katerfelto) was a famous Prussian conjurer, pseudo-scientific lecturer, and quack who came to Britain in 1776 and performed to an enraptured public right up until his death in 1799. He often performed magic with a black cat which he advertised as "evil" or "demonic" ... Gustavus Katterfelto (or Katerfelto) was a famous Prussian conjurer, pseudo-scientific lecturer, and quack who came to Britain in 1776 and performed to an enraptured public right up until his death in 1799. He often performed magic with a black cat which he advertised as "evil" or "demonic" as seen in this image taken from The quacks of old London by C.J.S. Thompson, 1928.
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The flu pandemic of 1782 propelled Katterfelto (who wasn't, but often referred to himself as a Doctor) into infamous realms of quackery, as he used a solar microscope to show images of "live insects" that he believed caused influenza to an amazed and equally horrified crowd. You can get an idea of how these creatures were projected on the right-hand side of this image - and they were accompanied by his catchphrase "Wonder! Wonder! Wonder!". It has been said that these "insects" were actually micro-organisms found in the River Thames (like cheese and beer!) rather than the "flu germs" he was falsely advertising. ...
( #wellcomelibrary shelfmark: closed stores CBQ.43) #caturday #Katterfelto #catsofinstagram #blackcatsofinstagram #magic #quackery #influenza #flu #insects #histmed
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Swipe through our 4-part comic by artist Rob Bidder. . Society has consistently tried to quantify ...
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Swipe through our 4-part comic by artist Rob Bidder. . Society has consistently tried to quantify and qualify intelligence with IQ tests and other standardised measures. But Intelligence is not a single general ability. It can mean different things to different people. . In 1983 American ... Swipe through our 4-part comic by artist Rob Bidder.
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Society has consistently tried to quantify and qualify intelligence with IQ tests and other standardised measures. But Intelligence is not a single general ability. It can mean different things to different people.
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In 1983 American developmental psychologist Howard Gardener, Professor of Cognition and Education at Harvard University described 9 types of intelligence:
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* Naturalist * Musical * Logical-mathematical * Existential * Interpersonal * Bodily-kinesthetic * Linguistic * Intra-personal * Spatial .
What does 'intelligence' mean to you?
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Tarot reading is a card-reading practice that allows participants to think through situations ...
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Tarot reading is a card-reading practice that allows participants to think through situations from their past, present and future and approach their problems in new ways with the help of a reader. In John Walter's 'Alien Sex Club Tarot' the cards are divided into the traditional four ... Tarot reading is a card-reading practice that allows participants to think through situations from their past, present and future and approach their problems in new ways with the help of a reader.

In John Walter's 'Alien Sex Club Tarot' the cards are divided into the traditional four suits...with a twist.

Stop by TONIGHT to have your cards read by one of our fantastically-costumed tarot readers and have them tell your story in our FREE event, 'Alien Sex Club Live'. Find out more: http://ow.ly/FGfO30l7UZ4
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This rather evil-looking sun in is from an alchemy watercolour painting, representing either ...
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This rather evil-looking sun in is from an alchemy watercolour painting, representing either "the culmination of the alchemical Great Work" or "the star of hope that inspires the alchemist through his tribulation". 🌞🌞🌞 Traditionally, suns are used in alchemy to symbolise a variety ... This rather evil-looking sun in is from an alchemy watercolour painting, representing either "the culmination of the alchemical Great Work" or "the star of hope that inspires the alchemist through his tribulation". 🌞🌞🌞
Traditionally, suns are used in alchemy to symbolise a variety of concepts such as gold, citrinitas (or "yellowness", one of the four major stages of the magnum opus), or sulfur (the fiery spirit of all life) and so on. ☉☉☉ This representation of the sun is often widely described as the "sun in splendour" or "in his glory", and has human facial features surrounded by wavy and straight rays that represent both the light and the heat of the sun. This particular image comes from a manuscript called 'Splendor solis' (Splendour of the Sun) attributed to Salomon Trismosin. ( #wellcomelibrary no.: 39763i) #alchemy #magic #artcollection #sun #summer #heatwave #hottestdayoftheyear #sunshine #librariesofinstagram
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Well aren't these two otter-ly adorable (or mildly terrifying...)? Here we have a woodcut of an ...
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Well aren't these two otter-ly adorable (or mildly terrifying...)? Here we have a woodcut of an otter eating a fish and a beaver baring his huge gnashers, which feature in a book by Conrad Gessner called Nomenclator acquatilium animantium, 1560. ( #wellcomelibrary ref: 41004i) #woodcut ... Well aren't these two otter-ly adorable (or mildly terrifying...)? Here we have a woodcut of an otter eating a fish and a beaver baring his huge gnashers, which feature in a book by Conrad Gessner called Nomenclator acquatilium animantium, 1560. ( #wellcomelibrary ref: 41004i) #woodcut #woodcutwednesday #otter #beaver #uglyanimals #teeth #naturalhistory #librariesofinstagram
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This ivory and horn artificial eye, complete with eyelids, was made by Giovanni Battista Verle ...
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This ivory and horn artificial eye, complete with eyelids, was made by Giovanni Battista Verle of Venice. Verle was a 17th-century Italian instrument maker who built an anatomical model of the human eye with the help of Antonio Molinetti, professor of anatomy at the University of Padua. . The ... This ivory and horn artificial eye, complete with eyelids, was made by Giovanni Battista Verle of Venice. Verle was a 17th-century Italian instrument maker who built an anatomical model of the human eye with the help of Antonio Molinetti, professor of anatomy at the University of Padua.
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The accompanying book about the eye dating from 1679 is dedicated to Ferdinando de' Medici, Prince of Tuscany.
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Anal fistulas are painful tunnels that form between the skin and the anus. They form as a result of ...
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Anal fistulas are painful tunnels that form between the skin and the anus. They form as a result of infection in the area. During the medieval period, the only way to treat a fistula was to carefully cut it out. The patient above is being treated using John of Arderne's methods. . John of Arderne, ... Anal fistulas are painful tunnels that form between the skin and the anus. They form as a result of infection in the area. During the medieval period, the only way to treat a fistula was to carefully cut it out. The patient above is being treated using John of Arderne's methods.
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John of Arderne, a 14th century English physician, developed a successful treatment of fistulas. He would carefully cut out the infection over the course of several days and then apply an ointment that included ingredients such as hemlock and opium.Because his treatments were relatively successful, he became an internationally respected surgeon. #wellcomelibrary reference: WMS4 550. .
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Happy Sunday everyone! This is our favourite mythical creature here in the Library <span class="emoji emoji1f426"></span><span class="emoji emoji1f426"></span>. This strange ...
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Happy Sunday everyone! This is our favourite mythical creature here in the Library . This strange bird comes from Ortus Sanitatis, a 1499 compendium of animals, birds and fish. It was a very popular book in its day, but not particularly scientific. This bird was thought to have killed goats ... Happy Sunday everyone! This is our favourite mythical creature here in the Library 🐦🐦. This strange bird comes from Ortus Sanitatis, a 1499 compendium of animals, birds and fish. It was a very popular book in its day, but not particularly scientific. This bird was thought to have killed goats by stealing their milk. However there is no explanation as to why it has breasts... 🍮🍮 #wellcomelibrary ref: EPB Incunable 3.d.12.
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#woodcut #medieval #bird #birdstagram #mythicalcreatures #zoology #mammal #mythological #rarebooks #specialcollections #librarylove #librariesofinstagram #birdsofinstagram
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Today is International Zine Library Day, which is an opportunity to celebrate collections of zines ...
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Today is International Zine Library Day, which is an opportunity to celebrate collections of zines around the world! Did you know our library collects zines on health (mental/physical) and the human condition? These zines are just a few examples of how diverse the range of voices and subjects ... Today is International Zine Library Day, which is an opportunity to celebrate collections of zines around the world! Did you know our library collects zines on health (mental/physical) and the human condition? These zines are just a few examples of how diverse the range of voices and subjects are. If you'd like to recommend or donate a zine to our collection at #wellcomelibrary, get in touch 💌 #izm2018 #internationalzinemonth #zinelibraryday #zinecollection #zines #healthzine #wellcomezines #librariesofinstagram
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